SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More than a year away from their homes and families, first with training, then at war in Afghanistan; these soldiers are now home. National Guard troops with the 169th returned home Friday at Hunter Army Airfield.
At first, the homecoming was like any normal homecoming. Family and friends with balloons and banners, Guardsman standing at attention, but then the ceremony quickly changed. Two-year-old Bo Clements just couldn't wait any longer to see his dad. While the ceremony was still going on, he started walking to the soldiers who were standing at attention. He walked straight into the arms of his dad, Spc. Steven Clements.
Clements said only one thing came to mind. "Oh God," said Clement about his sons urgency to see him.
Clements wife, Rachel Clements, said there was no keeping Bo, he wanted his dad. "We've been talking about him all day long, and he was excited to see his daddy," said Rachel Clements.
Bo wasn't the only excited kid, 6-year-old Micha Kelley saw his dad for the first time in more than a year, and has a lot of catching up to do. "I missed my dad and playing video games with him," said Micha Kelley.
That's not all Micha's father missed out on. "She was a week old when I left," said Staff Sgt. Drew Kelley about his daughter.
But Kelley said it could have been worse, at least he got to see her on Skype. He says he's just happy to be home. "It feels great," said Staff Sgt. Drew Kelley.
It's been a long year, but they say nothing tops finally being back together. "Pretty good," said Staff Sgt. Hebert.
"Unimaginable," said Rachel Clements."It's great."
The soldiers don't get to go home just yet. They will first have to be debriefed, but are expected to be home with their families soon.