Connecticut National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan


WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — A Connecticut National Guard unit has returned home after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

With ISIS becoming more active with terrorist threats, it was a long nine months for family members of the 143 Regional Support Group. It was a tearful reunion as soldiers and families got together, the tension melting away as a father saw his son for the first time in nine months. Sgt. F.C. Gary Foran Jr. hugged his 18-month-old son.

Foran is one of 30 soldiers returning home from the 143 Regional Support Group. This time, they were on base supporting the UN troops, last time they were on the front lines.

Foran’s wife Kim says she is proud of her husband.

“He had been to Iraq on a combat mission earlier in our marriage and that one was pretty dangerous and so finding out that he was in support for this mission, I actually felt a lot more comfortable because I knew that he was not in the middle of a combat situation.”

But for dad, Gary, with ISIS ramping up, his mind was always with his son overseas. Their family has a long, proud tradition in serving the country since World War II.

Foran says his family is what got him through the past nine months, talking on the iPad, skipping, and care packages sent from Connecticut with love.

“I actually got made fun of quite a bit while I was over there because I get so many care packages and I was basically known as the grocery store over there,” said Foran.

Because of the Holidays, not all 30 soldiers could be on the same plane, so they started arriving at Bradley around 5:00 and continued arriving into the early morning hours.

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