More than a hundred soldiers based in Knoxville are back in Tennessee..
Approximately 110 soldiers with the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment returned to the Volunteer Training Site in Smyrna on Thursday, where anxious family and friends were waiting.
They have been deployed in Poland for the past nine months as part of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group.
"This is the last group of soldiers returning from Poland concluding a two-year commitment of Tennessee soldiers providing a forward presence along the frontier of freedom," said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee's Adjutant General. "We are incredibly proud of the work these soldiers did and the sacrifices made by their families in support of our national security.
On January 20, the leadership for the 278th, which commanded the Battle Group, officially transferred responsibility for the mission to the Army’s 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, during a ceremony in Poland, according to a press release.
The ceremony completed the 278th’s year-and-a-half long role leading the Battle Group.
This was the largest overseas deployment for the regiment since Operation Iraqi Freedom.