Fresno Soldiers Return After Nearly A Year At War - KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

Fresno Soldiers Return After Nearly A Year At War

Posted:
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

They've been gone for nearly a year.   Ten and a half months to be precise.   Members of the Army National Guard 10–72 Transportation Company based in Fresno returned to a heroes welcome.

They've been on the road since March 15th.  The Army unit spent 9 months of its tour in Afghanistan.  Sunday their families came to the Fresno airport armed with balloons and signs to show their love and support. 

Rashad Small was met by his Mom and girlfriend.  "Kind of nervous, trying to adjust to everything.   Glad to see my family and friends.   A lot of support around here.   You know I feel a lot of love."

Small's mom Gwen Brown flew a long way from home to experience the homecoming moment. "Oh my God it's really great.   I'm so proud of him and what he's accomplished but it's just so great to see him.   I'm from Georgia so I flew out here today.   So it's just great to see my baby."

Everywhere you looked in the airport lobby there were hugs.   Some short, some long.  Bobby Soto delivered a hug and a thank you to every family member who showed up.  "It's the greatest thing in the world.   I have my family here.   I have everybody here that loves me and supports me and it's an unbelievable feeling."

American Legion Post 509 sent a contingent to welcome the troops and say job well done.  Joe Sanchez couldn't be happier.   "It's surreal right now.   It's like shell shock, but it's cool it's a good feeling."

The soldiers say they can't wait for their first home cooked meal and to sleep in their own bed.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Two People Found Dead In Their Clovis Home

    Two People Found Dead In Their Clovis Home

    Clovis Police say two people were found dead inside their home near Fowler Avenue and Tollhouse Lane. Detectives say both people were shot and killed Friday afternoon.More >>
    Clovis Police say two people were found dead inside their home near Fowler Avenue and Tollhouse Lane. Detectives say both people were shot and killed Friday afternoon.More >>
  • VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Illegal Pot Growers Are Using Thousands of Gallons of Water

    VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: Illegal Pot Growers Are Using Thousands of Gallons of Water

    Valley Drought 2014 has all of us making sacrifices to save water. However, officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife say they busted a marijuana grow where the bad guys wasted thousands of gallons of water.
    More >>
    Valley Drought 2014 has all of us making sacrifices to save water. However, officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife say they busted a marijuana grow where the bad guys wasted thousands of gallons of water.

    More >>
  • Fresno VA Hospital Investigation: Woman Claims Staff Killed Her Father

    Fresno VA Hospital Investigation: Woman Claims Staff Killed Her Father

    A Dinuba woman claims her father, a Korean War Veteran would be alive today had he not been admitted into Fresno's VA Hospital.Esther Garcia says doctors wanted to run some tests because of her dad's ailing foot.Phillip Perez beat colon cancer in 1998 and even kidney cancer in 2013.But an infection in his toe caused him to be admitted to the hospital.A place where his daughter says her father's unique medical history ...More >>
    A Dinuba woman claims her father, a Korean War Veteran would be alive today had he not been admitted into Fresno's VA Hospital.Esther Garcia says doctors wanted to run some tests because of her dad's ailing foot.Phillip Perez beat colon cancer in 1998 and even kidney cancer in 2013.But an infection in his toe caused him to be admitted to the hospital.A place where his daughter says her father's unique medical history ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KMPH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.