LANCASTER, N.Y. (WIVB) - Members of New York's National Guard were honored Sunday for one of the most important and dangerous jobs in Afghanistan.
Soldiers from the 27th Brigade Special Troops Battalion Company A and their families were treated to a special ceremony at Lockport High School. Their unit worked together to check routes for improvised explosive devices in the west command section of Afghanistan.
NY National Guard 27th Brigade Captain Shane Leddon said, "It's a bond like no other. Only a soldier would understand that, or a service member. You think of it as being in an elite club, or even a tight-knit family."
NY National Guard 27th Brigade Lt. Col. Michael Murphy said, "I received a report from task force, high up in the Department of Defense organization, who went out and did an inspection of Alpha company, during their tour in Afghanistan and they came back reporting that Anvil Company was one of the best route clearance units in the United States Army."
Soldiers also received individual honors, including a bronze star and three purple hearts for their work.
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