The good news for loved ones of soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Wisconsin Army National Guard just keeps getting better.
The Guard announced on Wednesday that 750 troops will be on three planes landing at Volk Field Thursday and Friday, bringing the total number of soldiers back from Iraq up to 1,325 so far, with almost 2,000 more still to come.
Family members, senior National Guard officials and a military band will greet each plane landing at Volk Field near Fort McCoy for brief "welcome home" ceremonies, before the soldiers head to Fort McCoy for about five days of demobilization processing before being released from active duty.
The returning flight ceremonies are not open to the public.
The first flight arriving on Thursday will include soldiers from units based in Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Reedsburg.
The second flight arriving on Thursday includes soldiers from units based in Fond du Lac, Appleton and Clintonville.
The third flight arriving Friday includes soldiers from units based in Chippewa Falls, Richland Center, Ashland, Portage, Onalaska, Appleton and Clintonville.
About 3,200 soldiers from the 32nd Brigade were deployed to Iraq eight months ago in the largest deployment of Wisconsin Guard soldiers since World War II.