200 guardsmen from Macon’s 48th Infantry Brigade combat team come home
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Hundreds of people welcomed home the soldiers of Macon’s 48th Infantry Brigade combat team Tuesday afternoon.
Approximately 200 guardsmen of the Georgia Army National Guard arrived at the combat team’s headquarters on Shurling Drive around 2 p.m.
A huge crowd of family and friends holding signs and waving American flags were there to great them.
The brigade spent the past nine months in Afghanistan. Col. Randall Simmons says the guardsmen closed three camps as part of the downsizing of the U.S. footprint in Afghanistan.
“Any of the major incidents that happened in Kabul, in the city while we were there, our forces responded to them,” he added.
Many of the guardsmen were happy to be home and reunited with their loved ones.
The 48th Infantry Brigade didn’t lose any lives during this deployment. The combat team assisted with the fatal shooting of Army Major General Harold Green in August.