Loved ones welcome home 3rd Aviation Regiment troops

FORT STEWART (WTOC) - Family and friends welcomed home around 30 troops Wednesday.

Echo Company's 3rd Aviation Regiment has been deployed in Afghanistan since February. And today - nine months later - the group finally returned home.

After the deployment, it's the simple comforts that are missed the most.

"Smelling the fresh air and having civilians around," Jordan Martinez said.

"Go take a shower and eat some good food," Arturo Rodriguez said.

There are more troops scheduled to return home by Monday.

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