About 1,500 members of the Vermont Army National Guard are now at their bases in Afghanistan and most have begun carrying out their on-the-ground missions.
Vermont National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Lloyd Goodrow says the soldiers of the 86th Brigade Combat team are stationed in eastern Afghanistan, many close to the border with Pakistan.
Goodrow says the last contingent of soldiers arrived in Afghanistan on Monday.
The 86th Brigade is made up of about 3,200 soldiers. It draws National Guard soldiers from Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and four other states.