Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
Bowling Green guard soldiers to be honored
Twenty soldiers from Bowling Green will be among more than 160 National Guard troops honored for their service in Afghanistan, according to the Virginia National Guard. The Freedom Salute for the Guard’s Staunton-based 116th Brigade Combat Team Headquarters will be held at the Richmond Convention Center Sunday at 10 a.m. The unit served in Zabul, in the southeastern part of Afghanistan, on counter-insurgency operations. The Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, provided aerial reconnaissance support with the Shadow unmanned aerial system. They flew more than 300 missions, resulting in the detention of 20 insurgents, and locating six insurgents placing improvised explosive devices, according to a Guard press release. The units served in Afghanistan from July 2011 to January of this year.