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Va. National Guard soldiers home from Afghanistan

Saturday - 1/7/2012, 4:17pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - About 110 soldiers from the Virginia National Guard's Staunton-based 116th Brigade Combat Team Headquarters have returned to Virginia.

The soldiers arrived on Saturday after serving on federal active duty in Afghanistan since early August.

The unit served as headquarters for Combined Team Zabul, where they conducted counterinsurgency operations in Zabul Province in southeast Afghanistan. The region is nearly the size of of New Jersey. They officially began federal active duty May 15.

Others who returned Saturday include about 20 soldiers from the Bowling Green-based Detachment 1, Company B, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion.

Soldiers flew back to the airport closest to their home throughout the day where they reunited with family and friends.


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