LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi Army National Guard unit has been welcomed home from Afghanistan. The 287th Engineer Company marched into the Lucedale City Park on Saturday for a homecoming celebration after a tour that included a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan.
The 130-member unit cleared improvised explosive devices and other bombs from roadways in Afghanistan's eastern province, Paktika, The Mississippi Press reported.
Capt. Marty Davis, the unit's commander, praised the soldiers' performance "in one of the most dangerous regions on the planet."
Maj. Gen. William Freeman, state adjutant general, said about 350 Mississippi Guardsmen remain deployed, but by year's end 1,800 are expected to be in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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