SC Army Guard soldiers honored for Afghan service

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Eleven soldiers from a South Carolina Army National Guard unit based in Rock Hill are being honored for their service in Afghanistan.

National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Les Carroll said Sunday's ceremony is bestowing Bronze Star or Purple Heart medals on the soldiers, who are in the 178th Engineer Battalion.

The unit is headquartered in Rock Hill and was in Afghanistan for a year ending November 2010.

Two companies in the unit, the 174th Engineer Company and the 1222nd Engineer Company, were deployed to Kandahar Province in southern Afghanistan.

The adjutant general of South Carolina, Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston Jr., is attending the ceremony. Livingston is a former commander of the 178th Engineer Battalion.

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