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Heartland troops come home on Mother's Day

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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

The Missouri National Guard welcomed home soldiers of the 1138th Engineer Company on Sunday, May 12.

The unit, headquartered in Farmington, deployed 93 Guardsman to conduct route clearance support and missions in Afghanistan.

The unit began its year-long deployment process in June 2012, with pre-mobilization training at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo. After its departure ceremony July 7, the Soldiers continued their mobilization training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before making the journey to Afghanistan.

Trey Maevers spent almost a year in Afghanistan.

Soldiers returned in small groups throughout the day, and a formal community welcome home ceremony will honor the unit later this summer.

For his mom and grandmas, it was the best Mother's Day gift possible.

"It was wonderful to see that smile I've been waiting to see for a long time," said Deb Maevers, Trey's mother.

"We have three grandchildren in the service and we're very, very proud of all three of them," said one of Trey's grandmothers. "Glad to have him home."

"We're really proud of him for serving our country and so glad to have him home," said another of Trey's grandmothers. "We've been waiting nine months for this."

The unit skillfully executed more than 120 missions, traveled and cleared 25 routes, with 30,000 kilometers traveled and approximately 70 improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, found and disabled.

The company is commanded by Capt. Jason Davis, of Wentzville, and 1st Sgt. Richard Parks, of Salem.

Soldiers returned in small groups Sunday, and a formal community welcome home ceremony will honor the unit later this summer.

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