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Sledgehammer Brigade welcomes back 497th Movement Control Team from Afghanistan

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

After a nine month deployment in Afghanistan, a group of soldiers from Fort Benning have returned home.

The Sledgehammer Brigade welcomed back soldiers this afternoon of the 497th Movement Control Team that were deployed to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan last July.

Their mission was retrograde, which is one of the biggest operations in us military history.

"They were the movement controlled team dedicated to moving a lot of the equipment out from years of being in Afghanistan," says LTC Brent Coryell. "They closed 14 bases in Afghanistan, completed over 6,000 movement missions, processed 70,000 trucks full of supplies and equipment leaving Afghanistan. An enormous effort for such a small team of 18 soldiers."

Six of the soldiers received the combat action badge while the team was deployed.

Captain Paul Janker is especially happy for his wife's homecoming. He says it's always difficult, because when one of them returns, the other is soon deployed overseas. Janker says they plan to enjoy the time they have together with a special vacation.

"We always try to take a long trip," He says. "So this time we're going to go to Thailand for about a month, and have a really relaxing vacation."

Janker says he is happy to finally be reunited with his wife. The couple has been married since January 2011, and since then, they have been separated for nearly every deployment.

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