Reserve soldiers home from Afghanistan

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 14 at 10:27 AM

BUCKEYE, Ariz. -- After a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, 165 Army Reserve soldiers are back home in the Valley.

A special welcome-home ceremony was held at the Buckeye Armed Forces Reserve Center Wednesday morning.

The 348th Transportation Company escorted convoys and transported supplies and equipment to front-line troops.

During their deployment, the 348th conducted more than 145 combat logistical patrols, moving over 80,000 tons of cargo through five different provinces.

About half of the company is made up of soldiers who were transferred from other parts of the U.S. for the deployment. Capt. Todd McKay, the unit commander, said those people were a key part of the unit's success overseas.

Twelve of the returning soldiers received Bronze Star medals and five received Purple Hearts. In addition, 65 received Combat Action Badges, which are awarded to soldiers who were engaged in a firefight.

The 348th previously deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and supported Operation Desert Storm in 2000.

 

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