Fri., April 9, 2010 2:39pm (EDT)

48th Brigade Back in Communities
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

MACON, Ga.  —  
Soldier from the 48th Infantry Combat Brigade Team returning home to Hunter Army Air Field (photo courtesy GA. National Guard)
Soldier from the 48th Infantry Combat Brigade Team returning home to Hunter Army Air Field (photo courtesy GA. National Guard)
Most members of Georgia’s 48th Brigade have returned from Afghanistan. Now it’s time for them to transition from active duty to reserve.

All but 20 of the 3-thousand soldiers that deployed to Afghanistan are home. Many are still at Fort Stewart near Savannah where they’re undergoing counseling to help them transition back to civilian life.

Most will take advantage of a law that allows them to return to their jobs according to Lieutenant Colonel Ken Baldowski with the Georgia National Guard.

“A person who is called to active duty in the military and leaves his place of employment will have rights to reclaim their job when they return.”

Baldowski says any soldier whose job has disappeared during the deployment will get help finding another one. The 3-thousand soldiers are spread across several units and come from many of Georgia’s 159 counties.