Members of the 9/12th Royal Lancers say they are looking forward to visiting Northampton this weekend after eight months in Afghanistan.
Around 170 Lancers will march through Northampton town centre on Saturday – Armed Forces Day – in one of four home-coming parades across neighbouring counties.
For some, such as Captain Rob Millar, who has been in the army since he was 16, this has been their longest overseas tour yet.
The 43-year-old, from Kettering, said: “We are all looking forward to the parade and to being back home.”
For the last eight months, Capt Millar has been working as G4 logistics officer, looking after the army’s Warthog vehicles and co-operating with the Afghan Uniformed Police.
“The hard bit, aside from the 40 degree heat, was being away from my wife and kids for so long. But all my family will be in Northampton for the parade. It will be nice to get the accolade from UK people that we don’t see while we are abroad. We’d also like to thank Braunston residents for all their parcels too.
“The best part was working with the youngsters, who are of a very high standard and don’t get recognised enough.”
This latest tour in Afghanistan is one of the last as the army prepares to completely withdraw troops this year.
Capt Millar said: “Things have improved and it’s time we got out and let them carry on themselves.”
W02 Mark Kaminski, of Northampton, added: “The changes in the Afghan Army since 2011 have been incredible. Now they are taking full responsibility for conducting their own operations, taking the fight to the enemy.”