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Soldiers return home from Guantanamo Bay

Posted at 5:58 PM, Feb 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-27 18:58:10-05

Families were on hand at Eppley Airfield in Omaha Tuesday to give a warm welcome home for soldiers returning to Nebraska after a 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay.

Emma Engelman says she and her brother have been waiting for their dad to come home. He's missed out on soccer, baseball and volleyball games, but now he's back and Bryson Engelman says they have plans.

"Play on the x-box," Bryson said.

His dad, along with the rest of the about 50 members of the 402nd Military Police Battalion Headquarters, helped run detention operations at GTMO.

Command Sergeant Richard Cruickshank says it differed from other missions abroad.

"The complexity of the mission and the high profile nature, there was absolutely no room for errors," he said. "It wasn't quite as austere of an environment as what I'm used to in Iraq and Afghanistan...Living conditions were a little bit better but it's still a deployment away from the family. Soldiers' families are still sacrificing."