Exuberant welcome home for National Guard unit returning from Afghanistan

Sgt. Kenneth Ramey waves his arms as he emerges from the plane carrying members of the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, home Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan. Ramey's wife, Staff Sgt. Rachel Ramey, was also deployed with the unit and arrived shortly before her husband on another aircraft. The 143rd worked along Afghan Uniformed Police units while deployed.
Sgt. Kenneth Ramey waves his arms as he emerges from the plane carrying members of the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, home Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan. Ramey's wife, Staff Sgt. Rachel Ramey, was also deployed with the unit and arrived shortly before her husband on another aircraft. The 143rd worked along Afghan Uniformed Police units while deployed. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo

East Granby - About 120 soldiers from the Connecticut National Guard 143rd Military Police Company returned to Connecticut Wednesday from Afghanistan. The West Hartford-based unit worked alongside the Afghan Uniformed Police to ensure law and order, provide maneuver and mobility support and area security, and gather intelligence.

The unit previously deployed to Iraq from 2003 to 2004. More than 450 Connecticut soldiers and airmen are currently mobilized and deployed in support of the operations in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Rachel Ramey is embraced by her stepfather Chris LaRosa as her unit, the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, returns Wednesday, June 5, 2013, to the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan. Ramey's husband, Sgt. Kenneth Ramey, was also deployed with the unit. The 143rd worked along Afghan Uniformed Police units while deployed.
Staff Sgt. Rachel Ramey is embraced by her stepfather Chris LaRosa as her unit, the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, returns Wednesday, June 5, 2013, to the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan. Ramey's husband, Sgt. Kenneth Ramey, was also deployed with the unit. The 143rd worked along Afghan Uniformed Police units while deployed. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo
Spec. Joe Lecara, center, declines help from his son Jojo, 3, and niece Jazzlynn, 5, as he prepares to head home after his unit, the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, returned Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan. The 143rd worked along Afghan Uniformed Police units while deployed.
Spec. Joe Lecara, center, declines help from his son Jojo, 3, and niece Jazzlynn, 5, as he prepares to head home after his unit, the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, returned Wednesday, June 5, 2013 to the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan. The 143rd worked along Afghan Uniformed Police units while deployed. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo
Family members cheer as the second of two aircraft carrying members of the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, come into view Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan.
Family members cheer as the second of two aircraft carrying members of the Connecticut National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company, based out of West Hartford, come into view Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Air National Guard base at Bradley Field in East Granby following a deployment to Afghanistan. Sean D. Elliot/The Day Buy Photo
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