Josh Noll of Vassalboro is greeted by his wife, Jennifer, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Bangor on Thursday, December 9, 2010. Noll is part of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion-172nd Mountain Infantry unit, which was stationed at Combat Outpost Dand Wa Patan, Afghanistan. Noll was one of 67 soldiers returning Thursday after a 9-month deployment. A total of 157 Maine soldiers are in the unit, which patrolled the Afghanistan border with Pakistan. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
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Hamayon Ahadi, left, of Biddeford kisses his wife Courtney, second from left as she holds the couple's dog, Scout, at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Bangor on Thursday, December 9, 2010. Ahadi is part of Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion-172nd Mountain infantry unit which was stationed at Combat Outpost Dand Wa Patan Afghanistan and is returning after a 9-month deployment. Scout is a puppy of a dog the Maine soliders adopted in Afghanistan.The couple on the right are unidentified. (Bangor Daily News/Kevin Bennett)
The Associated Press
Posted Dec. 09, 2010, at 3:17 p.m.
SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — More National Guard soldiers from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine are home after a nine-month mission in Afghanistan.
The soldiers from the three states served together as part of the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, led by the Vermont National Guard.
A chartered plane Thursday returned 98 soldiers to Vermont, 67 to Maine and 69 to New Hampshire.
About 3,000 soldiers served in the brigade from a number of states.