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05/06/06

118th Field Artillery Battery Comes Home

Family and Friends anxiously waited Saturday morning as members of the 48th Brigade returned Family and Friends anxiously waited Saturday morning as members of the 48th Brigade returned

Families from the 48th Brigade, 118th Field Artillery Battery had to wait deep into the night to see their loved ones come home Saturday morning.

As the clock was about to strike midnight, signs and banners waved everywhere at Cottrell Field as families anxiously waited for their loved ones, the heroes of the 118th, to come back home.

Christina Stanley knows exactly when her husband left for Iraq, "390 days ago. I've been counting!"

Stanley and her four children try to pass the time until "Daddy" finally arrives.

A short while later a call comes in that the soldiers had just left Hunter Army Airfield. That's when the cheers erupt.

The time passes quickly and before they know it the band is playing and buses full of soldiers are heading down the highway.

The excitement builds as the soldiers march onto Cottrell Field, sending their families into hysterics. As the National Anthem plays, Christina Stanley waits with tears in her eyes and a hand over her heart, knowing her prayers have been answered and that her husband is home safe.

Finally its time for hugs and happiness. The Stanley children find their father and Christina finds her husband in the middle of a mass of thrilled people. The family embraces in a big group hug. Tears and kisses fill the field as everyone says "Hi" in their own special way.

Staff Seargent, Johnathon Stanley, is overcome with emotion. "I'm just so excited I can't even tell you. I'm trying to hold back the tears."

Let them flow. Those tears have been a year in the making and were well deserved.

Reported By: Andrew Davis; adavis@wtoc.com

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