541st Transportation Company Returns From Afghanistan

FILE - This July 28, 2010 file photo shows soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division saluting during the National Anthem during a welcome home ceremony attended by Vice President Joe Biden in Fort Drum, N.Y. In a massive restructuring, the U.S. Army is slashing the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country as it moves forward with a longtime plan to cut the size of the service by 80,000.  The U.S. Army plans to eliminate one of three combat brigades at northern New York's Fort Drum.  (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)

FILE - This July 28, 2010 file photo shows soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division saluting during the National Anthem during a welcome home ceremony attended by Vice President Joe Biden in Fort Drum, N.Y. In a massive restructuring, the U.S. Army is slashing the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country as it moves forward with a longtime plan to cut the size of the service by 80,000. The U.S. Army plans to eliminate one of three combat brigades at northern New York's Fort Drum. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth, File)

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- The 541st Transportation Company has returned to Fort Campbell from a deployment in Afghanistan.

The 130 soldiers returned to the post Thursday -- Independence Day -- to a group of family and friends waving posters and banners. The family members screamed as soldiers walked off the plane.

Several of the families traveled long distances to see their soldiers, and they had special plans to celebrate their homecoming and the 4th of July while in the area. Nettie and Elizabeth Jones came from Ohio and Florida, respectively, and the two planned on spending the holiday with 1st Sgt. Tommy Jones before returning to their homes.

Sgt. Jones said "My plan is to sleep, barbeque, eat, and sleep some more."

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