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Cheers greet Indiana National Guard soldiers returning from 8-month deployment to Afghanistan

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LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Cheers greeted members of an Indiana National Guard unit as they marched into a ceremony welcoming them home after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan.

PHOTO: Aaron Smeigh embraces his wife Stephanie as he and other members of the 1638th Transportation Company return from Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the National Guard Armory in Lafayette, Ind. The company returned after nearly a yearlong deployment. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Michael Heinz)
Aaron Smeigh embraces his wife Stephanie as he and other members of the 1638th Transportation Company return from Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at the National Guard Armory in Lafayette, Ind. The company returned after nearly a yearlong deployment. (AP Photo/The Journal & Courier, Michael Heinz)

About 100 soldiers from the 1638th Transportation Company arrived Wednesday at the Guard armory in Lafayette. They spent their time in Afghanistan transporting equipment and supplies and providing security for convoys.

Sue Lilly of South Bend tells the Journal & Courier that watching her son, Staff Sgt. Joshua Lilly, return was much better than seeing him leave last year.

Spc. Richard Higley tells WLFI-TV he was glad to hold his twin daughters again since he left for the deployment just 12 days after they were released from an infant intensive care unit.

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