Back from Afghanistan: Local troops and families are reunited
By Brian Bowden

Master Sgt. Clifton Williams, of Thomson, has a special moment with his son, Landry, after being away from his family for nearly a year. Photo by Brian Bowden.

Screams of joy were all that could be heard as the 200-plus soldiers of the 1-214th Field Artillery Battalion filed into formation inside the small Elbert County High School gym on the dreary Saturday morning of Jan. 11.
The rain couldn't put a damper on the day as the soldiers returned home to family and friends that they hadn't seen in almost a year. The ceremony was packed with emotional children and adults who just wanted to hold their loved ones yet again.
The battalion, comprised of four batteries, was deployed to Shindand, Afghanistan; where they conducted base defense operations on the western side of the country.

To read more on this story, see the Thurs., Jan. 16, edition of The McDuffie Progress.





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