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Michiana soldiers return after Guantanamo Bay deployment

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"Home sweet home", that's what about a hundred Michiana soldiers are saying tonight after a year overseas. 

The 428th Military Police Company has been serving in Guantanamo Bay since last August.

Now, they're home.

All of the excitement, hugs, and tears, were a year in the making, but before the soldiers of the 428th Military Police stepped off the bus, a lot of anxious loved ones waited just a little longer for the big moment.

"Excited. Real excited. Nervous," says Penni Cloud whose son returned Wednesday.

Cloud waited with Chareis Rogers whose sister was also returning home.

They simply couldn't wait for their soldiers to get off the plane in South Bend, and onto buses.

When those buses pulled up, the crowd erupted. There were plenty of hugs and kisses to go around.

"She kinda took me by surprise. Bear hugged me a little bit," says Specialist Michael Cloud about his mom Penni's greeting.

But the homecoming didn't last long at first. The soldiers were loaded back on buses where they were escorted to the US Army Reserve Armory.

There, hundreds more loved-ones welcomed the group home.

"It's nice to be back in the states. It truly is. Glad that my parents are here supporting me. I really love them and I really appreciate their support," says Private First Class Vincent Young.

The soldiers weren't only welcomed by loved ones, they were recognized for their hard work by their Commanders and Mayors Pete Buttigieg and Dave Wood, but what was probably the sweetest music to their ears, their final order.

"428 Spartans, Dismissed!"

And as the soldiers settle back in and hold their loved-ones tight, the rest of us remember why their service is so very important.

FOX28's Amanda Tetlak will have a full report on the emotional homecoming tonight at 10.

 

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