Bankruptcy delays return of some members of 218th

STATEWIDE (WIS) - We've received word that the homecoming for more members of the 218th National Guard Unit is being delayed.

According to a release from the South Carolina National Guard, the delay is the result of the ATA Airlines bankruptcy. The US Air Force contracts commercial air carriers to transport soldiers to and from overseas locations.

About 200 soldiers from the 218th are in Kuwait, awaiting air transportation to the United States.

Officials don't know how long this delay will last.

More than 1,600 Soldiers of the SCARNG's 218th enhanced Separate Brigade have been deployed to Afghanistan for the past 12 months.

WIS News 10 was at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina last week when the first wave of soldiers landed in the US. That group numbered about 170 soldiers.

This second group of returning guardsmen will include soldiers from armories in Darlington, Fountain Inn, North Charleston, West Columbia and other locations.

Once they arrive in the United States, the soldiers will go through post-mobility processing at Fort Bragg for four to five days before returning their home armories.

Some returning 218th members will stay at Fort Bragg to assist with the post-mobilization processing of the remaining 218th Soldiers.

Posted by Chantelle Janelle