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“Yankee” Brigade welcomed home after Afghan mission 
U.S. Army photos by Sgt. 1st Class Don Veitch, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs 
Arriving Home 
READING, Mass. – Headquarters Company of the 26th Maneuver Enhanced “Yankee” Brigade, Massachusetts National Guard returns home to the cheers of family and friends at an informal welcome-home ceremony at Camp Curtis Guild here, Feb. 9, 2012. The 150 Soldiers of the “Yankee” Brigade arrived in the late evening and were greeted by more than 450 well-wishers. The Soldiers of the 26th are returning from a year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

During their deployment in Afghanistan, the Soldiers of the “Yankee” Brigade were responsible for the security of all U.S. Forces and installations in the capital city of Kabul to include; the movement corridors that connect the U.S. and NATO installations and critical security sites within the capital.

The 26th was also responsible for the operational command and base operations for the 11 U.S. bases in Kabul. The brigade provided quick reaction forces for the capital, as well as provided police advisory teams to support more than 13,000 Afghan National police officers assigned to the Kabul City Police Command, and support the humanitarian assistance operations for U.S. Forces.

Cheering Families await there Soldiers