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01/13/06

Anxious Moments as Families Await Hundreds of Returning Soldiers

Third Infantry Division soldiers keep coming in by the planeload. More than 850 troops are expected to arrive home today. We were there for one homecoming celebration at Hunter Army Airfield this morning, as family members waited with open arms for men and women from the Third ID's Aviation Brigade and the 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Once the plane finally touched ground, family members anxiously awaited the arrival of their loved ones. "We got the call about 6:30 that he was going to be here and we're just like really exited," said military wife Stephanie McNear. "The kids cannot wait."

Although the holidays have come and gone, families like the McNears are still planning to celebrate now that their soldiers are finally coming home.

"We're going to wait until he comes home so we can open the presents together, because it hasn't been the same without him being home with us," Stephanie told us.

With the final dismissal, the families that were separated from their loved ones finally held each other once again. "It was long, but it's good to be home," said Spc. Maurice McNear.

"It's great to be back, great to be back with the family, good to be back in Savannah," said Capt. Chris Geier.

After many months of worrying and finally getting the chance to see their loved ones again, many family members say it's the waiting and the preparing for this very moment that's sometimes the hardest thing to deal with.

"It's been a whirlwind," said Capt. Geier's wife, Amy. "It's been a lot of planning, trying to get the house picked up and just excited and nervous and going crazy."

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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