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Utah soldiers return from overseas deployment

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Jul 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-21 23:38:53-04

SALT LAKE CITY --  About 140 members of the 729th Air Control Squadron, “Angry Warriors”, returned home to Utah Sunday.

Family members and friends gathered to await their arrival at Hill Air Force Base Sunday afternoon.

The squadron was deployed to southwest Asia, where they provided radar air surveillance and command and control over the skies of Afghanistan.

Tech Sgt. John Croston said it’s nice to be home.

"It's been a lot of anticipation,” He said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for five months, so could not be happier right now."

The squadron controlled more than 255,000 square miles of Afghani airspace, and they provided support to more than 34,000 air combat troops.