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(KSL News) Five Navy "Seabees" from Utah are home after a year-long overseas tour. The small contingent served in Iraq, among other places.
A crowd of cheering family members and friends greeted them at the airport this morning. One Seabee had several young children waiting for him.
"I just couldn't wait to get to them, Petty Officer Jacob Blackner said. "It just, it seems like it's been so long."
The servicemen say it feels good to be back in America. "Very good, lot of color. It's not desert, not sand anymore. It's a good feeling to be back," Chief Petty Officer Spencer Sowles said.
The Seabees are members of the construction battalions of the U.S. Navy. The battalions were created during World War II in response to problems with using civilian labor in war zones.