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More Pa. National Guard soldiers return home to HIA

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After spending a year in Afghanistan, dozens of Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers are home with their families.

The soldiers are members of the Company B 2 104th General Support Aviation Battalion.

As the soldier stepped off of the plane at Harrisburg International Airport Saturday, they were met buy cheers and applause.

"Our citizen soldiers do a wonderful job. They support our active component," said Col. Dave Wood with the 28th Aviation Brigade.

The soldiers were in charge of helicopter operations throughout Afghanistan. After one long year, they are finally back in Pennsylvania.

Sgt. Tyler Lane is from Harrisburg. His family welcomed him home with a big sign and big hugs.

"Feels great. Smells great. It's great to see these people," he said.

It was a similar reunion for Spc. Keith Schnerr from Lancaster.

"Just relaxin' -- just kickin' up and relaxin'," he said. "Taking time off, spending time with family, (and we'll) go from there."

Pa. National Guard officials said efforts in Afghanistan are winding down.

"PA has had over 600 aviation brigade soldiers in Afghanistan over the past year and a half," Wood said. "They're all coming back now and as they come back, we don't have a whole lot of formations going back over."

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