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U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014.
Leaders of the Dragoon Ready Reserve, battle buddies whom have already returned home and families greet the incoming troops with hugs, kisses and a message of a job well done.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014. Leaders of the Dragoon Ready Reserve, battle buddies whom have already returned home and families greet the incoming troops with hugs, kisses and a message of a job well done. (Markus Rauchenberger/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014.
Leaders of the Dragoon Ready Reserve, battle buddies whom have already returned home and families greet the incoming troops with hugs, kisses and a message of a job well done.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2d Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014. Leaders of the Dragoon Ready Reserve, battle buddies whom have already returned home and families greet the incoming troops with hugs, kisses and a message of a job well done. (Markus Rauchenberger/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014. ( Markus Rauchenberger/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment, Jan. 22, 2014.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment, Jan. 22, 2014. (Markus Rauchenberger/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014. (Markus Rauchenberger/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014.

U.S. Army soldiers assigned to 2nd Cavalry Regiment return home and greet their families, friends and fellow soldiers at Vilseck, Germany, after coming back from their deployment on Jan. 22, 2014. (Markus Rauchenberger/U.S. Army)

Capt. Riley Redus holds his son, Caleb John, for the first time after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment,  Monday, April 7, 2014.

Capt. Riley Redus holds his son, Caleb John, for the first time after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Monday, April 7, 2014. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

Capt. Riley Redus greets his daughter. Sierra, while holding his newborn son, Caleb John, for the first time after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Monday, April 7, 2014.

Capt. Riley Redus greets his daughter. Sierra, while holding his newborn son, Caleb John, for the first time after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Monday, April 7, 2014. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment returned to the Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, after their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, Monday, April 7, 2014.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment returned to the Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany, after their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, Monday, April 7, 2014. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

Second Cavalry Regiment soldiers say a quick prayer upon returning home safely to Vilseck, Germany, from their most recent deployment to Afghanistan,  Monday, April 7, 2014.

Second Cavalry Regiment soldiers say a quick prayer upon returning home safely to Vilseck, Germany, from their most recent deployment to Afghanistan, Monday, April 7, 2014. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment Dragoons make a dramatic entrance upon their return from their deployment to Afghanistan on  Monday, April 7, 2014.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment Dragoons make a dramatic entrance upon their return from their deployment to Afghanistan on Monday, April 7, 2014. (Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

The bulk of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment returned home to Vilseck, Germany, on Monday after what will be the final deployment in Afghanistan for most of the soldiers.

During their nine-month tour in Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province, the Dragoons were separated into different security advisement teams that worked with Afghan National Army troops and local Afghan police to secure Saturday’s presidential election.

Regiment commander Col. Douglas Sims said the success of that election — in which an estimated 7 million votes were cast across the country — was a testament to the impact his soldiers had on Afghanistan’s future.

“There wasn’t a single incident at a polling site in any of the Afghan polling sites in southern Afghanistan,” he said in a statement. “And then unprecedented voting, an incredible turnout in the south.”

Sims cited the work of the Americans and Afghan’s in the months leading up to the election as one reason why there was relatively little violence in the region where the regiment provided guidance.

“It’s not often a battalion, squadron or regiment gets a chance to see the fruits of its labor,” he said. “But at the end of this nine months, we were able to see exactly that, with the Afghan elections on Saturday. Really the culmination of a tremendous deployment.”

darnell.michael@stripes.com

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