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Heartland soldiers welcomed home from Afghanistan

Spc Joseph Steffan holding his 8 month old daughter for the first time since she was 6 days old (Source: cNews). Spc Joseph Steffan holding his 8 month old daughter for the first time since she was 6 days old (Source: cNews).
ST. LOUIS, MO (KFVS) -

The Missouri Army National Guard welcomed home the St. Louis-based 1138th Transportation Company from a 10-month convoy operations mission to Afghanistan on Saturday.

Several soldiers in the Company are from the Heartland.  Sgt. Kyle D. Dively and Spc. Christopher E. Nipper from Jackson, Spc Jason Vaughn from Dexter, Spc. Joseph Steffan, Sgt. David Carmack from Sikeston, Sgt. John K. Chaney from Sikeston.

According to the National Guard, hundreds of family and friends were expected to attend the ceremony, which formally ends the 165 members' year-long mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"The 1138th operated under harsh conditions providing convoy security in an area of Afghanistan heavily fortified with improvised explosive devices," said Lt. Col. Terri Oswald, commander of the 311th Brigade Support Battalion, of which the 1138th is a part of. "Their mission was intense, with convoy operations almost every day. Being on those roads was dangerous and daunting."

Before departing from Afghanistan April 20, more than a dozen 1138th soldiers were awarded the Bronze Star. In addition, more than 100 soldiers received the Army Commendation Medal and all soldiers of the unit were awarded the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, and the Afghanistan Campaign Ribbon, according to a news release.

The 1138th is headquartered at Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County.

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