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Aug 27, 2013 8:37 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Ariz. National Guard troops return from Afghanistan

MARANA - Thirty-seven Arizona National Guard soldiers returned home from a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan Tuesday morning. The soldiers reunited with their families in a formal ceremony at Pinal Air Park Base. The "B" Company - as they are known - performed more than 750 combat missions and are also credited with taking out multiple high value targets. "As an attack helicopter unit... you can't really carry troops around and really have only about one mission and right now it's about providing security," said Timothy Wheeler, the company commander. Families torn apart by war were reunited after an especially long deployment. Stevenson and Brittany Trumble have two young sons. It was Stevenson's first deployment but Tuesday's reunion was a picture perfect moment. "Our family is whole. Our family is complete again, it's indescribable to have us all together again," Brittany said. However, it was the support of the community that helped many soldiers carry on. "We appreciated all the support that everybody back here in Arizona has given to us while we were overseas. It meant a lot to our troops over there," Wheeler said. Currently there are 475 Arizona National Guard soldiers still serving in Afghanistan and in other countries.

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