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747 MP Company returns home from Iraq 
 
747th comes marching home 
WARE, Mass. — Capt. Jim Jones, commander of the 747th Military Police Company Massachusetts National Guard, leads his unit as they march into the Ware High School Veterans Memorial Stadium here as family and friends await their return from a year-long deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, July 2, 2010. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Don Veitch, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs)
By Army Sgt. 1st Class Don Veitch, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs  

WARE, Mass. — More than 500 family and friends along with the dozens of signs that adorned West Street welcomed home the 170 plus Soldiers of the 747th Military Police Company, Massachusetts National Guard here, July 2, 2010.

The 747 arrived home after a year-long deployment to Iraq where they were responsible for training police departments throughout the province in their area of operations.

The Soldiers, led by Capt. Jim Jones, commander of the 747th, disembarked the busses, which brought them from Fort Dix, N.J., and marched into Ware High School Veterans Memorial Stadium to cheers from their waiting loved ones.

Jones assembled the 747th onto the stadium field for one final formation prior to being released for the holiday weekend. 

Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray was in attendance and briefly addressed the Soldiers, congratulated them on a successful mission and wished them a happy independence day.

Jones completed the informal ceremony by handing the formation over to 1st Sgt. Michael Domnarski, first sergeant, 747th MP Company, who promptly dismissed the Soldiers.

“The mission went well,” said Domnarski, a Ware resident. “All the soldiers made it home in one piece.”

A formal welcome home ceremony for the 747th will be announced at a later date.

7/3/2010