SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) - One of several waves of the Tennessee National Guard got to call it a job well done and were reunited with their families on Thursday.

Part of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment returned from Eastern Europe to friends and families.

The group spent the last nine months overseas working as security in the Ukraine, which is along the Russian border.

It’s a tense region, so loving family members were a welcomed change.

“The purpose was to protect the territory,” said Lt. Col. Brad Bowlin. “They came home from a job well done. You can see the happiness on their face and I’m certainly proud of them.”

Gov. Bill Lee was also in attendance for the soldiers’ homecoming.

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