NORFOLK - The day that dozens of Army families had been waiting for finally arrived Saturday - their loved ones were home from Afghanistan.
Reunions took place at Norfolk International Airport and other airports across the state as the 150 Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard's Emporia-based 1710th Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group returned home.
They were activated April 1, 2013 and got in country in June to support transportation operations at Kandahar Airfield. Actions included hauling more 3,200 20-foot container units for resupply operations, performing nearly 800 quality assurance and quality control inspections before each vehicle left on a mission and made 95 repairs and completed 55 annual services.
The company is headquartered in Emporia. Approximately 70 soldiers are from the Hampton Roads area, about 30 are from the Richmond and Petersburg area, approximately 15 are the Emporia, Franklin and Courtland area, about 10 are from the Northern Virginia area and the other Soldiers are from various locations across the state.
'We have a great group of ambassadors here with the 1710th,' said Capt. Rodney Rhodes, commander of the 1710th. 'They know the standard, and they apply that each and every day. They are hard working men and women, and I am proud to be their commander.'
The company had no Soldiers killed in action or seriously wounded.