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Governor welcomes Guard troops back home

RAPID CITY (AP) -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard and Maj. Gen. Tim Reisch welcomed home members of a Rapid City-based Army National Guard unit Tuesday morning.

KOTA television reports that the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade returned home to the Black Hills on Monday night. The unit was in charge of providing aviation maintenance and repair support that spent 10 months in Kuwait.

The 935th mission specializes in rotary wing aircraft such as the Black Hawk. The unit shipped out on June 6.

Daagaurd says soldiers and airmen put their lives on the line, and it's important for those in government and the private sector to express their appreciation.

Staff Sgt. Shawn Jensen says he's looking forward to getting back to mowing the lawn and sitting on his deck.