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Kansas National Guard troops return from Kuwait on Friday

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Here are recent headlines about the military in Kansas:Fort Riley ¢ 1st Infantry Division[(Blackanthem Military News) Six insurgents detained in East Baghdad:][1] BAGHDAD, Iraq - Soldiers with the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division detained six insurgents during Operation Council Grove II June 25 in an eastern section of the Iraqi capital. The 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, based out of Fort Riley, Kan., was conducting targeted raids in the Kamaliyah neighborhood based on tips from residents in an attempt to root out insurgents and bring security to eastern Baghdad. "New Baghdad residents did the right thing and violence by a small minority will not speak for the majority of residents who want peace," said Maj. Sean Ryan, a spokesperson for the 2nd IBCT. "Along with our partners, the Iraqi Security Forces, we will help the people any way we can."[(The Register-Mail) 'Never going to stop missing you':][2] A solemn funeral Mass at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Monday morning sent Capt. Joshua E. Steele to his eternal rest. The early morning fog had burned off by 10 a.m. and the sky was blue. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders stood in front of the church, U.S. flags proudly displayed. "What a special and absolutely amazing person he was," Steele's older sister, Gina Steele, 38, of San Francisco, told family, friends and members of the military gathered inside the church. Steele, 26, the son of R. Philip and Paula Steele of North Henderson, was killed along with two other soldiers June 17 when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle in Panjway, Afghanistan. Steele was deployed to Afghanistan with the Army's 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, (Transition Team), Fort Riley, Kan.Kansas National Guard[(Kansas Adjutant General press release) KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIER WILL RECEIVE MEDAL FOR SERVICE IN OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM:][3] Sgt. 1st Class Lloyde F. Mattix will be presented with a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge during a special ceremony on Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m., at the National Guard Armory in Newton, Kan. Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, the adjutant general, will present the awards to Mattix who deployed as a platoon sergeant with Battery B, 1st Battalion 161st Field Artillery in support of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34 Infantry Division to Operation Iraqi Freedom. [(Kansas Adjutant General press release)WELCOME HOME CEREMONY TO BE HELD FOR KANSAS NATIONAL GUARD 635TH REGIONAL SUPPORT GROUP SOLDIERS:][4] Approximately 80 Soldiers of the 635th Regional Support Group, Kansas National Guard, will return to Kansas on Friday, June 29, after a year long deployment to Kuwait. They will be honored during a welcome home ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the Hutchinson Armory, 1111 N Severance St., Hutchinson. "We know the soldiers and their families have been anticipating this day for a long time, and we're excited to see these fine men and women returning to Kansas so they can get some much deserved rest," said Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, Kansas adjutant general. "They have served their country well."Etc.[(AP) Kansas paratrooper dies from Iraq wounds:][5] A paratrooper from south-central Kansas has died of wounds he suffered last week in Iraq. The Defense Department says 21-year-old Specialist Eric Palmer of Maize died Sunday at a military hospital in Germany. He was wounded last Thursday by small arms fire during an insurgent attack in Bayji. Palmer joined the Army September of 2004 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a member of the division's the division's 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team. Survivors include his father, John Palmer, and his mother, Dena Palmer, both of Maize, and a brother, Travis Palmer, of Fort Leavenworth. [1]: http://www.blackanthem.com/News/U_S_Military_19/Six_insurgents_detained_in_East_Baghdad7959.shtml [2]: http://www.register-mail.com/stories/062607/MAI_BDJUFE0D.GID.shtml [3]: http://www.accesskansas.org/ksadjutantgeneral/News%20Releases/2007/07-106.htm [4]: http://www.accesskansas.org/ksadjutantgeneral/News%20Releases/2007/07-107.htm [5]: http://www.kbsd6.com/Global/story.asp?S=6714113

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