National Guard

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - About 120 members of the New Hampshire Army National Guard will be home in time to celebrate the New Year.

The members of the 3rd Battalion, 197th Field Artillery Regiment, are scheduled to arrive Friday afternoon at the Manchester armory. Another 100 soldiers will be coming home the next day.

The troops deployed to the Middle East as part of Operation Spartan Shield, a training mission coordinated by the U.S. Army. The New Hampshire guard members conducted artillery training.

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In her new book, author Helen Thorpe tells the tales of three female National Guard members, who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Thorpe traces their stories: from their expectations joining the Guard before 9/11, to their experiences going off to war, and then troubles on the home front.

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  • Helen Thorpe - journalist and author from Denver, CO. Her most recent book is "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War."

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