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Families to reunite with national guardsmen

National Guard
Posted at 9:30 PM, Jan 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-06 17:10:14-05

QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL)--Some national guardsmen will be reunited with their families after a year long mission in Afghanistan.

Eighty soldiers from the Florida Army National Guard's 869th Engineer Company are returning to Quincy Tuesday.

The unit has been in Afghanistan since February 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Right now the soldiers are at Camp Shelby Mississippi conducting post deployment processing.

As you can imagine the families will be excited to see their loved ones.

"It's really emotional I mean there's a lot of emotion when the soldiers go out the door," said Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa with the Florida Army National Guard. "When they leave to go out to these missions in Afghanistan and Iraq but it's just a lot happier, ecstatic sometimes when you have soldiers who haven't seen their families in a year and haven't seen their children that have been born while they're gone."

The homecoming is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Alexander O. Shefler Jr. Armory on Pat Thomas Parkway.