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Sgt. 1st Class Troy Smith of Esko is thrilled to see his 22-month-old son, Cayden, after arriving at Duluth International Airport on Monday afternoon. Smith is on a two-week leave in his yearlong deployment in Kuwait. His duties include driving soldiers in and out of Iraq as the war winds to a close. (Bob King /rking@duluthnews.com)

Duluth-based guard unit comes home for the holidays

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Most members of the Duluth-based 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry of the Minnesota Army National Guard are still in Kuwait, riding armored trucks and escorting supply convoys in and out of Iraq.

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But through the luck of a draw -- the units were picked out of hat -- about 60 of the 94th's 500 members are home in the Northland for the holidays for a brief break in their yearlong deployment in the Middle East.

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