SC Guard welcomes signal battalion after year duty

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - Families and friends of about 400 soldiers from a South Carolina Army National Guard signal battalion are being welcomed home after a year's duty in the Mideast and Afghanistan.

Two companies of the 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion headquartered in Greenville were being honored at separate ceremonies Sunday in Greenville and Greenwood.

Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Lester Carroll says the battalion's four companies returned in July after serving in various sites during their deployment, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain and Kuwait. A formal welcome home was delayed until this weekend.

Family and friends were being invited to the ceremonies at the National Guard armories in Greenville at 10 a.m. and in Greenwood at 2 p.m.

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