Utah soldiers honored for service in Afghanistan

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PLEASANT GROVE -- The military honored 87 local soldiers Saturday who recently returned from their third tour of duty in the Middle East.

Utah soldiers honored for service in Afghanistan

Lt. Col. Isaac Johnson, commander of the 405th Civil Affairs Battalion, said, "This is one of the most decorated civil affairs battalions in the Army."

The Pleasant Grove-based battalion spent more than a year in Afghanistan and returned with a Purple Heart, several Bronze Stars and Commendation Medals. Its new commander says the soldiers' service provides a reminder that troops are still fighting a war.

"Our greatest asset to this nation is our soldiers," Lt. Col. Johnson said. "That is our treasure, our soldiers. Many of the solder today have bled in defense of this country in Afghanistan."

While in Afghanistan, the battalion helped the Afghan government with military and civilian projects.

Saturday's honors were part of a Change of Command and Welcome Home Warrior Citizen ceremony in Pleasant Grove.

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