100+ Tennessee National Guard soldiers return home after 9-month deployment overseas
More than 100 members of the Tennessee National Guard returned home Wednesday after a nine-month deployment overseas.
Cries of joy came from family members as they watched their love ones get off a plane at the Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna.
Soldiers with the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion, who are headquartered in Tullahoma, were returning from Kosovo where they were part of a NATO led mission that builds peace and maintains stability in the area.
“While deployed, we flew over 500 missions and more than 1,600 flight hours supporting KFOR,” said Lt. Col. Steven Todd, the commander of both Task Force Smokey and the 1-230th. “We had a great deployment and a great team. Everyone in the task force was a testament to the professionalism of National Guard Soldiers.”