Soldiers welcomed home in Round Rock on Sunday

Soldiers welcomed home in Round Rock on Sunday

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The 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Army National Guard has been in Kabul, Afghanistan for the past year. 

Captain Joanna Wollenberg, the outgoing company commander says they helped take charge of 8 bases in the capital and transitioned them over to Afghan leaders.

"As company commander, I had soldiers at 8 different bases around the capitol.  And it was a unique experience having soldiers scattered and keeping control of them and making sure that they're supported," Wollenberg said.

Colonel Lee Schnell took command of the unit from Brigadier General Bill Hall at Sunday's "Uncasing Cermony" in Round Rock.

"Just like any other military organization, they have a new mission and that's part of the Homeland Response Force Mission.  There are 10 Homeland Response Forces across the nation, one in each FEMA region.  And we're the Homeland Response Force for FEMA Region 6," Schnell said.

Colonel Schnell says that means they'll be doing homeland response to natural disasters and providing support to first responders.

Sergeant Andy Telfort is glad to be back home.

"I'm very happy to be back and seeing my family and friends, it was a great homecoming for them," Telfort said.

Captain Wollenberg kept in contact with her 5-year-old daughter Gabrielle through the video-messaging tool "Facetime" while she was gone.

"Coming home was the sweetest part and seeing her and being able to spend time with her and see how big she's gotten while I was gone," Wollenberg said.

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