Soldiers welcomed back to Kansas after deployment

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (KAKE) -

More than 3,000 Fort Riley soldiers with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, returned to Kansas on Wednesday following a nine-month deployment to Europe in support of Atlantic Resolve. 

The soldiers deployed to Europe in September 2017.

KTKA reports that during the deployment, the brigade sustained a high level of readiness by conducting more than 58 combined training events across eight countries.

The soldiers trained closely with NATO allies to build interoperability between their forces and strengthen their collective defensive capabilities to deter aggression in the region.

Officials at Fort Riley said one of the special highlights from the deployment were the three deployment readiness exercises the brigade conducted, where units moved company-size elements from Poland and Germany into the Baltic region on a 48-hour notice.

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