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Louisiana soldiers return on July 4

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CARVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - More than 65 soldiers are returning from Afghanistan to Carville, arriving on the Fourth of July.

The Louisiana National Guard says the 756th Area Support Medical Company has been gone since September, starting with training at Fort Hood, Texas, then moving to Bagram and Kabul.

A news release says they were traveling Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and expected at the Gillis W. Long Center between 7:30 and 9 a.m. on Thursday.

It's made up of surgeons, doctors, physician assistants, nurses, combat medics, radiology technicians, dental technicians, and vehicle and generator mechanics.

The company is organized into treatment, ambulance and headquarters platoons.

In Afganistan, they provided doctors for sick call, dental needs, medevac and emergency medical services.

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