National Guard Unit Comes Home

By Debra Bogstie
|  Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013  |  Updated 7:54 PM EDT
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A happy homecoming today for 120 Army National Guard soldiers

A happy homecoming today for 120 Army National Guard soldiers

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More than 100 soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard received a hero’s welcome when they returned to Connecticut on Tuesday morning.

On Tuesday, the 248th Engineer Company of Norwich returned to Connecticut from almost a year in Bahrain, where they provided security and installation protection duties within the country.

At the Army Aviation Support Facility, then soldiers reunited with anxious and cheering loved ones.

For Sgt. Andrew Duhamel, it was an opportunity to hug his wife Brittany and meet his 12-week-old son Landon for the first time.

"It's amazing. I really don't know, so many emotions at once really," he said.

"It's definitely unreal. Words can't even explain how unreal it is. I'm glad to be back," Luis Daniel Carrero, of the Army National Guard, said.

"It just feels good to be home. It was a long 10 months," Cody Bell, of the Army National Guard, said.

Another homecoming is planned for this summer as about 130 soldiers return from Afghanistan in August.

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