Always Ready, Always There, Now Home

For those who may not recognize it, “Always Ready, Always There” is on the National Guard emblem. The final group about 100 from Florida‘s 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team is expected to return from Kuwait on Friday.

Nearly 2,400 soldiers from the brigade were deployed to Iraq and Kuwait for a year. Now, they’re returning home in groups of a couple hundred at a time and processing through Ft. Stewart, Georgia. The most recent arrivals came Monday and Tuesday of this week.

Many soldiers were greeted by family and friends and were captured on video by the Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office. Here’s another video from another group of Florida’s 53rd IBCT returning home.

The families you’re watching have waited almost a year for those hugs and kisses captured on video. The soldiers have several more days as they’re processed out and can return to Florida. But, all members of the team are expected home by Christmas.

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