About 100 Fort Drum soldiers are back home tonight after spending as many as nine months in Afghanistan.

The troops were reunited with their families Tuesday afternoon a ceremony on post.

Most of the soldiers are members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team.

They have been working closely with the Afghan national security forces.

The commanding general says they're the first of their kind.

"I'm very extraordinarily proud of them. They were the first security force assistance brigades that our nation has deployed in this war," said Major General Stephen Townsend.

The group also included a few members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

Most of the tours lasted anywhere from seven to nine months.