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On a recent visit to Afghanistan, Senator Saxby Chambliss found a little piece of Georgia: members of the Macon-based 48th Brigade.

The Senator's office staff sent out a picture of Chambliss with members of the Army National Guard unit.

This picture was taken last week at Camp Phoenix, near the Kabul International Airport.

About 200 members of the 48th are spending up to a year in Afghanistan.

Their mission includes closing down some of the U.S. bases as American troops start to withdraw.

According to a news release from his office, Chambliss thanked the 48th members and their families, for their sacrifices during the deployment.

Chambliss said, "The other reason we are here is to look you in the eye with your boots on the ground, appreciate what a great job you are doing, how much we know you have sacrificed and your families have sacrificed, to protect America and protect Americans. I am very proud of every one of you for your commitment to freedom," according to the release.

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