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“I will miss be­ing here. I used to run my PT (phys­i­cal train­ing) here through the town, around the square and through the old ceme­tery,” Ea­ton said af­ter the cer­e­mony. “We al­ways felt wel­come here. We’ve had phe­nom­e­nal sup­port, from of­fi­cial folks in­clud­ing may­ors, chair­man and Sen. Dou­glas, but also just from the lo­cal folks who would stop by the ar­mory to talk to the troops. That was re­ally neat. We felt like a part of the town.

“The sup­port they’ve given us is very im­por­tant. We’d do what we had to re­gard­less, but to know we were re­spected, loved and sup­ported - that was great.”

Ea­ton said that sol­diers from Bravo Com­pany will take his place and con­tinue to make the Na­tional Guard a part of Cov­ing­ton.

State Sen. John Dou­glas (R-So­cial Cir­cle) praised the troops for their ef­forts but also re­mem­bered the eight Ge­or­gia Na­tional Guard troops who died on their lat­est mis­sion, and the more than 170 Ge­or­gians who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since the wars be­gan.

“We’ve seen the im­pact of the ar­rival of Amer­i­can troops in coun­tries around the world. As I watched you march up the street and around the square just now, I got that same warm feel­ing know­ing that the ar­rival of the Amer­i­cans is al­ways cause for joy and cel­e­bra­tion in the hearts of men and women around the world,” Dou­glas said. “And in­deed it was 66 years ago to­day that Amer­i­cans landed on the shores of France … how ap­pro­pri­ate that we would wel­come you home (to­day).”

Brig. Gen. Maria Britt, the top com­man­der of Na­tional Guard forces in Ge­or­gia, said it was a trib­ute to the lead­er­ship of Bravo Com­pany Capt. Shilo Crane that his unit com­pleted their mis­sion and didn’t lose a sin­gle solider.

“These guys were out there train­ing, do­ing onthe-job train­ing, fight­ing side by side with the afghan troops. They got into some re­ally rough fire­fights,” Britt said. “This is a ma­ture, ded­i­cated group, a bunch of good ole Ge­or­gia boys. They love their coun­try. They’re all about self­less ser­vice.”

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