Members of Georgia's 48th Infantry Brigade return home after almost a year in Iraq

After a long year in Iraq, the first 100 members of the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade came home early today -- an advance party making way for thousands soon to follow.

For the most part, the reservists have been separated from their families and day jobs since January 2005, when they mobilized for training.

The soldiers were all smiles when they arrived at Fort Stewart in Hinesville this morning.

"I'm just excited to be home, to see my kids," says Felix Blas of the 48th.

The remaining soldiers should be home between mid-April and mid-May.

The 48th Infantry Brigade is the largest combat unit of the Georgia National Guard to deploy overseas since World War II.