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More than 300 return from deployment

RAPID CITY (AP) -- More than 300 service members from Ellsworth Air Force Base have returned to the western South Dakota base after a six-month deployment in southwest Asia.

KOTA-TV reported the members of the 34th Bomb Squad stepped off a plane at 4:45 a.m. Friday to be met by a cheering crowd of family members, friends and other airmen.

Lt. Col. Seth Graham, squadron commander, says aircrews, aircraft maintenance and weapons troops were deployed.