Tbilisi, Georgia, July 21
By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:
The first group of the 23rd Battalion of the Second Infantry Brigade of Georgian Armed Forces has returned from Afghanistan.
Some 150 Georgian soldiers were met at the Alekseevka military airfield by the Deputy Defense Minister Irakli Gegechkori, Deputy Chief of the General Staff Colonel Roman Jokhadze, Senior Sergeant of Armed Forces Aluda Kopaliani, as well as the U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland and the U.S. Military Attaché Colonel Matthew Dimmick.
They congratulated the soldiers on returning to their homeland and thanked them for the successful accomplishment of their mission.
Other senior officials of the armed forces and the general staff were at the airport.
The 23rd Battalion carried out a mission for four months at the Lezernik base.
This is the last Georgian unit that carried out a mission under the Georgian flag in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
Georgian soldiers served within the U.S. contingent. The battalion returned home unscathed.