National Guard troops return on Veterans Day - - Jackson, MS

National Guard troops return on Veterans Day

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - There were tears of joy and smiles during welcome home celebrations for Mississippi Army National Guard troops who returned from the Middle East Tuesday. Veteran's Day had special meaning for the 210th Financial Management Company who arrived on the federal holiday from deployment in Kuwait.

Soldiers arrived to cheers and hugs from loved ones at the Armory on Raymond Road in Jackson. Specialist Antoinette Smith's parents drove from Hattiesburg with her seven year old twins, who didn't know she was returning.

"Facetime technology really helped us make it through this deployment," said Spc. Smith. "My mom, my parents, being supportive. Everything went smoothly. I'm glad it's over."

"Her mother and I both were serving in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War, and so it's kinda nice to have a daughter that's doing the same thing we did," said Spc. Smith's father Audrae Barns.

The 30 member unit was responsible for finance operations from contract payments to military pay support. They were applauded in the airports for their service as the nation honored its veterans.

"Feels great to be home on Veteran's Day," said Sgt. First Class Bob Gilfoy. "It is such an honor to serve our country and to come home from deployment on a day like today is just really awesome."

"Oh to see the greenery. We were landing, it was just amazing," said Major James Triplett, the company commander. "We have been seeing sand for the past nine months and to see the greenery, it just all brought it home for us."

The unit arrived in Fort Dix New Jersey a week ago, and there are some great expectations from these reunion celebrations.

Ollie Steward's son-in-saw Brian Tenort was among the group.

" My son-in-law just got back from Kuwait, and i'm just overjoyed," said Steward. "Today is his birthday, so everything is just working out perfectly now. I have one daughter, and we are hoping to get some grandbabies after this trip."

The 210th returned on Veterans Day exactly nine months after they deployed in January.

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