One-hundred Iowans are back home safe with their families on Saturday night after a nearly one-year long dangerous deployment.
A group of more than one-thousand people made up of family members and friends welcomed them home at Evans Middle School in Ottumwa.
Before dismissing the soldiers to their families, the Iowa National Guard honored the 833rd Engineer Company for its exemplary service.
But guard members say the real heroes are the ones who supported them while they were away from home.
“They`re very supportive. They`re the reason this is possible," said Sergeant first class Obadiah Meyers.
The group left last January for Afghanistan.
While in Afghanistan, the group eliminated roadside bombs and cleared more than 12,000-kilometers of Afghanistan's roads.
But their loved ones said the most remarkable part of it all is that they did all of this with no casualties.