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802nd Ordnance Company arriving in Gainesville today
Small group coming home; others left with families at Fort Stewart
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Soldiers with the Gainesville-based 802nd Ordnance Company are expected to arrive later today at the U.S. Army Reserve armory off Shallowford Road.

Dave Dellinger of Operation Patriot’s Call, a local military support group, said he has learned a bus carrying 14 soldiers is expected to leave Fort Stewart near Savannah at 11:30 a.m.

The trip is expected to take about five hours, but Dellinger is asking anyone interested in welcoming home the company to be at the armory about 3:30 p.m.

The armory is between Arby’s restaurant and the Target store on Shallowford.

Deployed for nearly a year in Afghanistan, the 802nd arrived at Fort Stewart Sunday.

"Some are going home with their families and (others) ... will arrive in Gainesville Friday," Sgt. 1st Class Samuel Levester, the company’s rear detachment commander in Gainesville, said Monday.

"Everybody’s doing great: spirits are high, nobody hurt, no injuries, no loss of life or limb," he said.

A more formal celebration is planned in March. Details are still being worked out.

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