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HARTFORD -- 150 National Guard soldiers were welcomed home, while 50 were sent off Tuesday.

Within the last 90 days, the 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, the 192nd Engineer Battalion and 3-126 Aviation Battalion all returned to Connecticut.

They served successful tours throughout Southwest Asia.

While those guardsmen received a warm welcome home, the ceremony was bittersweet as 50 guardsmen will be deployed to Afghanistan in the coming weeks.

"Having support from your family means the world I wouldn’t be able to do this it wasn’t for the support of my family wasn’t support for my friends," Lt. Trey Duggan said.

The 2/104th Aviation Detachment will be piloting, crewing and maintain helicopters while supporting search and rescue missions in Afghanistan.

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