BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) -- To celebrate the return of soldiers after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, the Marlyland Army National Guard's 1297th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion will hold a Freedom Salute ceremony on July 1.

The 1297th CSSB, a 75 member unit, deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan on May 19, 2011. The Battalion was responsible for tactical supply, maintenance, ammunition, distribution and transportation operations throughout Regional Command-South supporting 80,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. They also conducted combat missions traveling than 400,000 miles and moving 30 million tons of cargo.

The unit trained an Afghan National Army Corps Support Battalion to conduct independent sustainment operations to Afghan Troops in RC-South thereby contributing to the legitimacy of the ANA.

The Freedom Salute Campaign is one of the largest Army National Guard welcome home endeavors in history. It is an event designed to publicly recognize the sacrifice of our Army Guard Soldiers as well as those who've supported them during their deployment.

When: July 1, 2012, 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Fifth Regiment Armory, Drill Floor, 29th Division Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

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