Troops return home after being deployed in Afghanistan for nearly a year

By Marisela Burgos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - More than 60 troops who were deployed for nearly a year in Afghanistan returned home.

The Kentucky National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team 2 had been in Afghanistan since July 2010. A welcome home ceremony was held, Sunday, at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base on Grade Lane in Louisville.

Major General Edward Tonini said the team taught the people of Afghanistan farming, while they were deployed. He said they taught basic techniques. He said it was an important mission.

"It's a country that has known nothing but war for literally hundreds of years and what we're doing is providing them with the elements of being able to sustain themselves," Tonini said.

Family members of the troops anxiously waited for their loved ones to return home on Sunday. Jeffrey Armstrong sat with his family. They were waiting for Sgt. Ashley Armstrong to come home.

"She's missed out on a lot. I just want to get back into it and start spending time together again," Jeffrey Armstrong said.

People held signs, had flowers, and balloons to give to their family members who they have missed for many months.

Sgt. Ashley Armstrong said she is glad to be back, but is proud of the work she did overseas.

"They're really thankful we're over their, showing them an easy way to do stuff," Armstrong.

The KY Agribusiness Development Team 3 has taken over and has been overseas for close to four weeks. They are expected to be overseas for nearly a year.

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