Soldiers return from Afghanistan
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- National Guard soldiers from throughout Central New York arrived home after serving nearly a year in Afghanistan. 80 soldiers and their families were reunited Sunday night at Hancock Air Force Base.
The men and women are from two units, the Second Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment and Company "C" of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion. They spent 10 months in Afghanistan performing security missions on bases throughout the country.
Now, many of these men and women say they are looking forward to making up for lost time with their loved-ones, especially their children.
"I missed the first day of kindergarten, soccer, last day of pre-school, first day on the bus, all that stuff, so it's been a little bit difficult," said Tim Pasto, who just returned home from Afghanistan.
About 18 of the soldiers are based in the Utica area. After the ceremony, they were transported back to their home armory, where their families were awaiting their arrival.