Some 40 Soldiers of the 377th Military Intelligence Battalion celebrated Flag Day and the U.S. Army's birthday by returning to U.S. soil June 14.

A charter flight carried the Soldiers directly from Kuwait to Robert Gray Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas. However, the Soldiers still have a ways to travel before reaching home. The 377th MI Battalion, a Reserve component unit aligned to the 470th MI Brigade headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is headquartered in Orlando, Fla.

On hand at the airfield's Larkin Terminal to welcome the returning troops were Brig. Gen. Duffy, commander of Military Intelligence Readiness Command; Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th MI Brigade commander; and Lt. Col. John Harris, 377th MI Battalion commander.

The 40 Reserve Soldiers originally deployed in August 2011 as part of a 70-Soldier contingent in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (now Operation New Dawn). About 30 of the Soldiers were detached to comprise a task force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; the detachment returned to the United States at an earlier date.