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History retrospective: Wyoming's most combat decorated unit in a decade


September 14, 2017

Courtesy of the Wyoming National Guard

The 1041st Engineer Company deployed to Iraq in 2006 and conducted convoy and friendly forces escort missions during a long and active tour. The company returned to Wyoming Sept. 2007, a decade ago this month, as the most combat decorated unit in the Wyoming Guard since the Korean War.

CHEYENNE, Wyoming – September marks a decade since the return of the 1041st Engineer Company Assault Float Bridge of the Wyoming Army National Guard, which deployed to Combat Operations Base Speicher in Tikrit, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The unit returned the most decorated unit in the state since the 300th Armored Field Artillery fought in the Battle of Soyang in May 1951 during the Korean War.

The 155 engineers left to provide security forces to commercial convoys throughout Iraq during the surge of American troops. Insurgents were pushed northwest into the Sunni Tria...

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