National Guard soldiers return

Santiago Calle stands in formation with his dad, Spc. Juan Calle, during the invocation and opening remarks as the Missouri National Guard 548th Transportation Company celebrated their homecoming at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City on Saturday following a year-long tour in Afghanistan.

Santiago Calle stands in formation with his dad, Spc. Juan Calle, during the invocation and opening remarks as the Missouri National Guard 548th Transportation Company celebrated their homecoming at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City on Saturday following a year-long tour in Afghanistan. Photo by Kris Wilson.

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Sgt. Robert Duncan of Jefferson City receives a long-awaited welcome home hug from his grandmother Norma Duncan.

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Cherish Elizabeth Grace Danels welcomes home her dad, Spc. Christopher Danels, by promptly falling asleep on his shoulder.

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Sgt. 1st Class Mike Messick of Jefferson City walks to his car with his children Brody, Tyien and Scout.

The “Road Warriors” were welcomed home Saturday after returning from a year’s deployment to western Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

About 170 citizen-soldiers with the Missouri National Guard’s 548th Transportation Company, based in Trenton, were stationed at Shindand Air Base, providing sustainment operations for Regional Command-West.

The unit conducted more than 300 convoy missions transporting more than 20 million pounds of equipment to six forward operating bases and three village stability operations.

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