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Soldier from Plymouth returns home from deployment

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Staff Sergeant Travis Schieber of Plymouth made his way back from overseas where he was stationed in Kyrgyzstan. The country is located just north of Afghanistan and so he spent some time doing missions there. On Saturday afternoon, he flew in to the South Bend Airport.  

He had over 30 people waiting to greet him with many of them holding signs. Some of the people in attendance include SSG. Schieber's wife Jessica, and his three sons Aiden, Zyle, and Bek. Jessica says she felt a range of emotions as she waited to see her husband. "I feel sick to my stomach," Jessica said.  "I'm excited and nervous."  

Also in attendance were Travis's grandparents as well as his mother Lori, and brothers Drew and Kyle. "It's been a year since I've seen my son and I feel like I can fly right now," Lori said. 

It has been eleven months since Jessica has seen her husband and says she did not sleep at all last night because she was so anxious and says her husband did not sleep either. She received a call from Travis once he landed in South Bend and then the wait was on to see Travis make his way to the terminal.

When Travis was in the sight of the crowd waiting, they erupted in cheer. He ran to his wife and children and broke down in tears as he hugged and kissed his family. "Words can't describe the feelings," Travis said.  "Time can't happen quick enough, I can't run fast enough," is what he said was running through his head as he came up the terminal.  

Jessica and Travis say they were able to Skype while he was overseas, but both say seeing everyone in person was a completely different experience. "It's nice to have that but even that doesn't give the full feel," Travis said.  "He [2-year-old Bek] was so little when he left he's a totally different kid now. They grow up so much at this age," Jessica said. "It's amazing and he's an amazing father." 

SSG. Schieber has served in the U.S. Army for seven years. He was just promoted to be an instructor and will work out of Southern Indiana.  

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