PHOENIX - A group of Arizona National Army Guard soldiers returned home to a hero's welcome Friday morning.
The soldiers walked into the waiting area to find their families and friends eagerly awaiting their arrival.
The 257th Engineering team spent nearly a year in the Horn of Africa drilling wells so locals had access to fresh water.
It was the group's second deployment in six years.
Sgt. Edward E. Balaban said since the September 11th attacks, more than 9,300 Army National Guard soldiers from Arizona have been deployed and seven have not come home alive.
Currently more than 400 others are actively serving with plans to deploy more in the coming months he said.
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