Final Group of South Carolina Troops Return from Afghanistan

Columbia, S.C. (WCSC) - Major General Stanhope S. Spears, the Adjutant General of South Carolina, would like to welcome home the Soldiers of the South Carolina National Guard's 1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery, Georgetown, S.C.

The Soldiers began returning to Columbia on Nov. 12.

Multiple flights to Eagle Aviation, located near the Columbia airport, will bring the remaining Soldiers back to South Carolina.

The last flight of approximately 80 Soldiers is scheduled to arrive Sunday, Nov. 21 on or about 9:00 a.m.

Approximately 800 Soldiers deployed in February of 2010 and are returning from a successful eight-month deployment.

The battalion's primary mission as part of a Provincial Reconstruction Team was to provide security for engineers, civil affairs, and medical personnel.

The 1-178th also maintained command and control of two units while in Afghanistan.

Approximately 175 Soldiers from C Company and D Company, 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Pittsburgh, Pa. and 50 Soldiers from C Company, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Barrigada, Guam supported the 1-178th mission.

They will return to their respective hometowns.

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