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Special welcome home for the 48th Brigade

By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

AMERICUS, GA (WALB) – Recently members of Georgia's 48th Brigade have been returning home from Afghanistan, and Saturday some of them received a big Welcome Home in Americus.

The Middle Flint Chapter of the American Red Cross hosted a celebration at the Sumter County Fairgrounds.

There was food, music, and a lot of activities for soldiers and their families.

The 48th has been in Afghanistan for 9 months.

"It really hit home today because I got to talk to some Vietnam veterans, and they did not get the reception that we got here," said Battalion Cmdr. Kenny Payne, Army National Guard.

"This is our third deployment since 2001 and I just thank the families and all the local businesses for all the support," said Cmdr. Sgt. Major Phillip Stringfield, Army National Guard.

Saturday's welcome home tribute was free; it was open to all veterans and active duty military personnel.

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