Nadine Wimmer ReportingNo better way to start the holiday weekend than by welcoming home more than 100 Army Reservists who have spent the last year and a half serving their country. When the plane taxied in, carrying members of the Army Reserve's 419th Transportation Company, families could barely wait another minute.
Twice families thought their loved ones were coming home. And twice the unit's assignment in Iraq and Kuwait was extended. First last November and then again in April.
Members of this transportation company traveled more than a million miles over the past 18 months. But no doubt these final steps into the arms of their families seemed to take the longest.
Specialist Joey Andrews, 419th Transportation Company: "The plane was erupting in cheers, everyone was clapping, shouting; it was awesome."
Kathleen Bell, 419th Wife: “Driving here I was crying and saying this is really happening, I can't believe it's finally happening."
Their service earned recognition and awards from the nation's capitol. Now back on home soil, they hope they've left a legacy that will eventually help the people of Iraq.
Specialist Joey Andrews: "It'll be neat to see the fruits of our labor, until then, it's just good to be home."