Welcome ceremony set for returning North Carolina National Guard unit

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A team of North Carolina National Guard members who were assigned to train and live with Afghan security forces will be welcomed home this week.

The ceremony was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at the guard headquarters in Raleigh.

The 16-member unit worked in the Afghan Regional Security Integration Command South in Helmand province. One soldier remains on duty in Afghanistan.

Military officials said that during the deployment, the soldiers came under fire while conducting counterinsurgency operations with Afghan forces. None were injured.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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