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400 soldiers return from Afghanistan

ASHLAND — Hundreds of soldiers who deployed for Afghanistan last March have arrived home.

The Independent of Ashland reported that 400 soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard's 201st Engineer Battalion arrived by bus Thursday evening at the Boyd County Middle School Gymnasium in Ashland. The battalion consists of units from Ashland, Olive Hill, Cynthiana and Prestonsburg.

Staff Sgt. Brian Spencer of Flatwoods hugged his wife, Danielle, and said he plans to "just go home with the kids. We've got a little boy and little girl." Spencer told the newspaper that he got to see his infant daughter for only two weeks before departing for Afghanistan.

The soldiers were responsible for clearing hundreds of acres of minefields and destroying more than 14,000 pieces of unexploded ordnance.