Lambert-based Guard unit back in U.S. after Mideast deployment

Bill Phelan

GULF PORT, Miss. - Missouri Army National Guardsmen of the St. Louis-based 3175th Chemical Company are back on U.S. soil after completing a year-long deployment to the Middle East.

About 120 Soldiers of the 3175th arrived at Camp Shelby late Thursday night and are expected to return to St. Louis for a rousing welcome home ceremony at Lindenwood University. Details of the celebration are still pending.

Normally a chemical/radiological decontamination unit, the 3175th was part of a base security mission to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom involving more than 400 Missouri Guardsmen. During the deployment the 3175th fell under command and control of the 175th Military Police Battalion, based in Columbia, Mo. Other units on the deployment included the 1137th Military Police Company, headquartered in Kennett and the 2175th Military Police Company, based in Hannibal. In addition, the Fulton-based 1140th Military Police Company and the Warrenton-based 3175th Military Police Company each provided about two dozen soldiers to supplement the deployment.

Qatar serves as a central staging and recreation area for all U.S. Troops in the Middle East.

While deployed, the 3175th provided base security at Camp As Sayliyah, near the capitol city of Doha.

3175th Commander, 1st Lt. Gregory W. Stueve, of Waynesville, is pleased with the performance of his troops during the mission.

"The Soldiers served admirably over the past year and have endured challenges and obstacles, overcoming each with a sense of camaraderie and warrior spirit," he said. "The resiliency of the unit has been remarkable. Some of the Soldiers have had to cope with hardships back home but displayed the strength to come back and complete the mission. I have been proud to lead them through the past year."

Nicknamed "Dragon Soldiers," the 3175th is headquartered at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and is a subordinate unit of the 835th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, based in Jefferson City.

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