Dalton-based National Guard unit headed home from Afghanistan sooner than expected

Members of Charlie Troop posed for a photo at the Georgia National Guard Armory in November of last year before heading to Fort Stewart for additional training and eventually to Afghanistan. The Georgia National Guard said Thursday that Charlie Troop will be among the troops leaving Afghanistan starting later this month.

Members of a Dalton-based Georgia Army National Guard unit will be returning from Afghanistan ahead of schedule.

A Georgia National Guard spokesman said Thursday that the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of the Georgia Army National Guard will begin returning from Afghanistan later this month.

"They will start coming back in mid-June through mid-July," said Desiree Bamba, media relations coordinator for the Georgia National Guard.

The 48th Brigade includes the Dalton-based Charlie Troop — formally Troop C, 1-108th Cavalry.

"The wives and mothers are very happy, very excited," said Charlie Rosenquist, chair of Charlie Troop’s family readiness group. "All the family members can't wait to have them back."

The approximately 1,900 soldiers of the 48th Brigade arrived in Afghanistan in January for what was supposed to be a nine-month deployment. Bamba said a Winder-based battalion will remain in Afghanistan through October, training Afghan forces.

Dalton gave Charlie Troop a big sendoff in November of 2018 when approximately 100 members of the troop left for Fort Stewart for training before heading to Afghanistan. Friends, family, veterans and others packed Rock Bridge Community Church for a ceremony, followed by a reception at the unit’s armory on West Crawford Street.

Rosenquist said there will be a welcome home ceremony after the troops return.

"It will probably be a little bit later to give them some time to spend with their families beforehand," she said.

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