BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An Idaho National Guard spokesman says soldiers returning from a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan have arrived at Fort Hood in Texas where Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter welcomed them back.
Col. Tim Marsano says the 60 soldiers in Company A, 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion arrived late Saturday on a charter flight from their deployment base in Afghanistan.
Marsano says the soldiers will remain at Fort Hood about a week before returning to Idaho.
While in Afghanistan the soldiers supported Operation Enduring Freedom, operating eight UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters assigned to the unit.
Their mission involved transporting personal and equipment throughout the Afghanistan combat operations area.
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