Guardsmen Return from Middle East

It was a happy homecoming for members of the 165th Airlift Wing and their families. WTOC was at the reunion, where emotions were running pretty high. For months, all these men and woman wanted to do was to go out and do their jobs, so they could come back home to their families.

About 10:20am, the plane was greeted by about 500 family members, welcoming Guardsmen home from fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For these pilots and air crews, there was nothing better then stepping foot on American soil.

"We were the original crew, the first one that left," said Maj. Burke Oliver. "So we rotated back here, and like I said, it's not over until everybody's home. It's still a very dangerous mission over there and just because the war's over doesn't mean the danger level's gone anywhere."

We'll have more on the 165th homecoming tonight on THE News at 5 and 6.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen,