Soldiers return home after 9 month deployment

MUSTANG, Okla. – It’s a happy homecoming in Mustang for dozens of soldiers and their families.

On Tuesday close to 80 soldiers with the 158th Alpha Battery returned home after serving in Afghanistan.

The field artillery unit mobilized last September.

This week, without losing any lives, the unit returned home.

The soldiers and their loved ones plan to make up for lost time.

“We’re actually going to have Christmas tonight. Christmas is July,” said Reva Hale. “We missed our 5 year anniversary so we’re going to celebrate it tomorrow evening.”

The reunion of Reva and her husband of 5 years, Joshua, is just one of dozens.

“It’s amazing. I’m glad it’s finally over,” said Reva. “I felt like it wasn’t going to end.”

“It’s been a long time coming and waiting for quite awhile,” said Joshua Hale.

“I don’t have the words to explain the emotions seeing my family,” said Sean Bryant.

“I don’t have the words right now,” said Christopher Solis. “It’s amazing to be back.”

As for Reva, after welcoming Joshua home, she hopes to start a family soon.

“I hope so . That’s our goal when he gets home,” said Reva.

Officials with the National Guard say these soldiers made history this year when they provided artillery fire using a new rocket system.

Alpha Battery is being replaced overseas by its sister unit Bravo Battery.