Families ready to welcome home large SC National Guard unit

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- About 65 soldiers from the South Carolina Army National Guard's 218th Brigade Combat Team are returning home this afternoon after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

The soldiers will be welcomed home in ceremonies in West Columbia, Orangeburg and Fountain Inn.

They are the first of some 1,600 South Carolina soldiers returning home through mid-May. It was the largest single unit deployment from the South Carolina National Guard since World War II.

The team was part of a force training the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.

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