Sixty Idaho soldiers are one step closer to home after landing in Fort Hood, Texas, following their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The Associated Press reports that the soldiers, members of Company A, 1-168 General Support Aviation Battalion of the Idaho National Guard, were greeted by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter when their charter flight landed in Texas. The soldiers are expected to remain at Fort Hood for about a week before returning to Idaho.
The soldiers supported Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, operating UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to transport personnel and equipment in the Afghanistan combat operations area.
Since September 2001, more than 5,000 members of the Idaho National Guard have been deployed to combat zones across the world.