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Local Nevada Army Guard Soldiers Return Home From Afghanistan

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More than three dozen soldiers from our area received a hero's welcome home on Sunday.

Soldiers from the Nevada Army Guard's C Company 1/168th General Support Battalion flew back to Reno-Tahoe International Airport. They spent the last 10 months deployed in Afghanistan where they did medical evacuation missions using Black Hawk helicopters. One flight to Reno was in the morning, while another was at night.

We were there during the morning, and we saw the service members receive a rock star reception. Hundreds packed the airport to welcome home their family members and friends, but these soldiers also got a nice welcome from people they didn't even know like people from the Patriot Guard Riders, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Truckee Meadows, Nevada, Blue Star Mothers of America.

"I definitely wasn't expecting this many people," said Chief Warrant Officer 4 (CWO4) Jeff Busboom. "It's a good feeling to be back home, definitely. (I) Love Reno."

It was important for people like the Blue Star Moms (mothers and step-mothers who have, or have had active duty and honorably-discharged servicemen and women) to be there.

"We can't do this when our sons or daughters come home because they're on active bases elsewhere," said Paula Fleming, the group's 2nd Vice President. "So, if we can do this for one or a hundred, we hope someone else in the world is doing that for our children as they return from war."

1st Lt. Nigel Harrison told me what was going through his mind as he walked down from the airport's terminal to see his family.

"I came down those stairs, and the first thing I saw was my beautiful wife," he said. "I couldn't get down those stairs fast enough."

The Harrison family is just looking forward to spending time with their hero.

"Go see The Lego Movie tomorrow," said Halen, Nigel's 9-year old son. "Build some Volkswagen Lego, and just hang out."

Busboom's mother, Lali, told us it's always hard when Jeff is deployed, but she's proud of what he does for our country.

"For every mom that has a son or a daughter or a husband in the service, it's just an incredible feeling of pride," she said. "But, it's also such a heart-wrenching thing when they're gone. You just pray every day for their safety."

Jeff and the other soldiers are excited to enjoy the comforts of home.

"I'll probably do a little bit of nothing for awhile," CWO4 Harrison said. "Hopefully, get some snowboarding in."

"I'm making ribs and his favorite chocolate cake and mashed potatoes," said Alyssa Harrison, Lt. Nigel's wife. "Comfort American food that he hasn't had in a long time."

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