Soldiers return home to cheers and new family

NORMAN, Okla. — “Squad dismissed!”

With that command, cheers and a mad dash for a hug.

After a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan, the 1245th Transportation Company returned to Oklahoma — and their families.

They were greeted with homemade signs, tears and the national anthem.

This was the moment everyone had been looking forward to: counting down the days until they could be reunited with their family as well as meeting new additions to their families.

“It`s the day I’ve been waiting for a long time. I’ve got a grandson I just saw for the first time, and the rest of my family. It`s just a day I couldn’t wait for it,” says Sgt. Robert Jones.

“This is the moment I’ve been waiting for forever, for her to meet him. We’ve talked and talked and talked about it but finally it’s here,” said Jiana Piela.

Now these service members get a chance to catch their breath and once again enjoy the things that are most important.