by Krystal Paco
Guam - This week will be a joyous and momentous one, as the National Guard says an estimated 100 soldiers who have been deployed to Afghanistan for the last year will return to reunite with their loved ones. As of Christmas Day, the 600+ soldiers had left Afghanistan and are participating in de-mobilization efforts at Camp Shelby, Mississippi before returning home to the island.
Guard spokesperson Major Josephine Blas says the travel arrangements have been finalized and the soldiers will be returning home this week to start off the New Year with their families.
Close to 600 soldiers deployed to Afghanistan early this year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan.
There are still 31 airmen from the Guam Air National Guard's 254th Security Forces Squadron and four soldiers from the Guam Army National Guard's 1990th Contingency Contracting Team deployed during this holiday season in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.