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Soldiers return to the Midstate

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After nine months overseas, 33 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard returned to the Midstate Wednesday evening.

At Harrisburg International Airport, the soldiers were met with cheers, tears and warm embraces from their loved ones.

"Its great to get back and see everybody," 1st Lt. Daniel Hunsicker of Lancaster said.

"I just can't believe he is finally home. It's been a long time and these last few days have just been unbearable," Hunsicker's wife Christina said.

The soldiers are members of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard's Company A, 2-104th Aviation Battalion based at Fort Indiantown Gap. The group spent nine months in Afghanistan flying and supporting Black Hawk helicopters. They often operated in harm's way.

"Company A flew more than 6,000 combat hours, more than 500 hours for almost every pilot. They also helped transport more than 3,000 troops and dignitaries throughout the battlefield," Staff Sgt. Matt Jones said in a statement.

An additional 30 members of the National Guard returned home to other areas.


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