Connecticut National Guard 143rd Military Police Company to return from Afghanistan Wednesday

East Granby — About 120 soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard 143rd Military Police Company return to Connecticut Wednesday from Afghanistan.

The West Hartford-based unit is scheduled to arrive at the Bradley Air National Guard Base on two commercial planes Wednesday afternoon.   

A send-off ceremony for the unit was held in July 2012. In Afghanistan, the military police worked alongside the Afghan Uniformed Police to ensure law and order, provide maneuver and mobility support and area security, and gather intelligence.     

Capt. James Locke of Manchester commands the unit.

The unit previously deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004. More than 450 Connecticut soldiers and airmen are currently mobilized and deployed in support of the operations in Afghanistan.

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