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Pine Belt Soldiers Return

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JONES COUNTY, Miss. - A group of soldiers are home just three days before the 4th of July, now they get to celebrate Independence Day on American soil.


For soldiers in the Mississippi National Guard's 858th Horizontal Construction Company, this 4th of July will have a special meaning.


"It's been a long nine months and we're just so excited," said Denise Pigott, the wife of a soldiers.


Thirteen men and one woman from the 858 unit based in Calhoun-City returned from Afghanistan today.


The group were army engineers, but while they didn't go to combat their families are breathing easier following their return.


"Excited...Excited...My son's coming home from Afghanistan today," Blenda Gann, the Mother of soldier said.


"This is what he signed up to do and he was willing and ready to go do it," Pigott said.


The families of the soldiers gathered at Hattiesburg-Laurel airport to welcome them home.


"He brings smiles to people's faces so we've really missed him," Gann said.


And for one National Guardsman, coming home meant meeting his son for the first time.


"He's meeting his son for the first time today," Gann said. "He is a three week old baby so we're excited to have him home."


The return of this group of soldiers marks the third deployment and what is expected to be the last.


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