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Nearly 100 Iowa soldiers return home

Nov 25, 2013

OTTUMWA (AP) — Nearly 100 Iowa families are celebrating having their soldiers home before Thanksgiving.

Almost 100 soldiers from an Iowa Army National Guard unit returned home Saturday after a year in Afghanistan.

Autumn Eddy says she felt like she was a single parent during the deployment, so she was looking forward to Sgt. Mark Eddy’s return.

Mark Eddy says he hadn’t met one of his two daughters before Saturday’s homecoming, so he’s looking forward to getting to know her.

The soldiers are part of the Ottumwa-based 833rd Engineer Company. The unit has a mission of removing physical obstacles, identifying and reducing minefields and bombs and constructing protective positions.

All the soldiers in the unit who deployed returned home safely.

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