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Coming home: Utah soldiers return from Afghanistan

First Lt. Taylor Duke holds his daughter Leslee Duke and hugs his wife Amanda Duke at the Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, as he and other members of the Utah National Guard’s 4th Infantry Division Main Command Post Operational Detachment return home after serving in Afghanistan for 10 months in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
First Lt. Taylor Duke holds his daughter Leslee Duke and hugs his wife Amanda Duke at the Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, as he and other members of the Utah National Guard’s 4th Infantry Division Main Command Post Operational Detachment return home after serving in Afghanistan for 10 months in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

First Lt. Taylor Duke holds his daughter Leslee Duke and hugs his wife Amanda Duke at the Salt Lake International Airport in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Duke was one of five soldiers with the Utah National Guard’s 4th Infantry Division Main Command Post Operational Detachment who flew into Salt Lake City on Tuesday night after serving more than 10 months in Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Nearly 60 soldiers with the infantry are returning home to the Beehive State this month. “To the families and communities of the greater Colorado Springs area and Utah, thank you simply isn’t enough,” said Maj. Gen. Randy A. George, commanding general for the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, in a statement. “The incredible support you have provided during this deployment enabled our important mission to protect our homeland as we worked to help set conditions for a political solution that will end the conflict in Afghanistan.”

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