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Soldiers welcomed home at Camp Shelby ceremony

Troops wait for the Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Ceremony. Troops wait for the Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Ceremony.
CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) -

After 16 months of service, one group of troops is on their way back home to see their families.

39 Mississippi Army Reserve members, a part of the Detachment 21 - Deployable Command Post 2, arrived at Camp Shelby Tuesday afternoon. The reserve unit is based out of Vicksburg, but it comprised of soldiers from all across the nation.

The troops were welcomed back at the Welcome Home Warrior Citizen Ceremony, a program formed in 2004 to recognize service abroad by Army Reserve soldiers.

"I was very surprised and I think most of the soldiers agree. The generosity and support of the American people is just unbelievable. Care packages from people you don't even know came pouring in," said COL Craig R. Sanders.

"They are going to have 30 days off. Cruises have been planned. Just time with their families. Me? I'm going spend as much time as possible scuba diving," said SGM Terry A. New.

As a part of the ceremony, the troops received an encased American flag, a welcome home warrior-citizen flag, an army reserve soldier lapel set, and a specially designed commemorative coin.

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