National Guard soldiers return home

Posted at 7:59 PM, Apr 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-12 23:40:18-04

A group of National Guardsmen returned Wednesday night. The seven soldiers were in Kuwait for the last six months.

The group was met by family and friends.

“It is a big relief and good to have him home,” said Ellise Nichols who welcomed her fiancé home.

“You don’t know what to expect, and hope the kids latch onto you,” said Sergeant First Class Greg Wortman who was greeted by his two children and wife.

There were rounds of handshakes and hugs, and the guardsmen taking in the surreal feeling of being home.
“My son, when I left in September, he left for basic training and he has since been to basic,” said Sergeant First Class Sean McMahon, “This is the first time I have seen him in uniform, and I think next month we are jumping out of an airplane together.”

Some have some big events to attend too. 

“A year ago I proposed to her at this very same coming home ceremony,” said Captain Nathan McGruder.

The seven are from the 195th forward support company.

“We were a logistical cell and we handle all the logistical for the special operations forces that are fighting over in Syria and Iraq,” said McGruder.

“The things that you saw on TV we would look and saw we helped with that,” added McMahon. “We helped the navy seals, we helped the navy boat units, we helped the army, we helped the marine core anything they needed, we would find it and send it up to them.”


Miranda Christian shared some of the homecoming ceremony during a Facebook Live video: