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Perdue greets last wave of 48th Brigade

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SAVANNAH, GA (AP) - The last big wave of citizen-soldiers from Georgia's 48th Infantry Brigade is back from Afghanistan.

Gov. Sonny Perdue greeted the 250 National Guard troops on the tarmac after their plane landed Wednesday afternoon at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.

The brigade deployed about 3,000 soldiers from across Georgia a year ago to train Afghan police and security forces. They've been returning home in waves since February.

Eight of the brigade's soldiers were killed during the deployment and 49 others were wounded.

Col. Lee Durham, the brigade's commander, says about 20 of his soldiers remain overseas taking care of last-minute chores. He says they should be home in about a week.

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