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Mississippi troops welcomed home

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

More Mississippi troops returned to the welcoming arms of family and friends Sunday. A special ceremony was held in Jackson for the return of the 365th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion.

Members of the 365th CSSB bowed in prayer, grateful for the successful completion of their mission in Afghanistan. The U. S. Army Reserve unit served more than a year and returned safely, losing no personnel or the equipment used for their technical support assignment.

They planned the distribution of more than 4.2 million gallons of gas and assumed control of 3,277 military parts for equipment use.

"They went into a very austere situation, made the best of it and performed admirably under very trying circumstances in a combat zone. So I could not have been more proud of them," said Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Steve Smith.

Training NCO Dewana Floyd of Clinton said the most difficult part of the deployment was not seeing her daughter and son who are in Alabama with their father.

"The Internet out there is not the best and so trying to Skype home is real hit and missing being on the other side of the world. You have a bad time difference. So your late nights are their early mornings. So you stay up until midnight just to talk to your kids for five minutes," Floyd said.

The unit's proficiency increased from 58 percent to 98 percent.

U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson and Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. thanked the soldiers for their service.

"And we want to make sure on the federal level that we keep our word that if they put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms when they come back they'll feel welcome," Thompson said.

"They're protecting us. They're protecting democracy. They're protecting freedom, and so they have to make sacrifices. The family makes sacrifices, and so have the soldiers. But we're so pleased to have them back," Johnson said.

Members of the 365th CSSB said they plan to go school to further their education, find other jobs or seek military promotions.

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