MUSTANG, Okla. - 350 members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard returned home on Tuesday after spending almost a year in Afghanistan.
Hundreds gathered at Mustang High School Stadium to welcome back their loved ones.
One family was especially anxious to see their solider.
"I get to start my life, finally. It's been on pause for a year," said wife Hayley Chavez.
The Chavez family was waiting for Adam, the Humvee gunner who got married a week before he deployed.
"This is exciting. It's hard knowing he is not going home with us, with his new family, but we are really excited for him," said Adam's mother, Betsy Chavez.
The 1st Squadron, 180th Calvary regiment has been in Kabul for 10 months serving as part of Operation Resolute Support. The squad worked closely with forces from the UK, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand and Finland. The top brass - appreciative for their efforts and sacrifice.
"I want to tell you how much you mean to all of us. I want to thank you, I want to thank your families, especially you family for the hardships they have endured," said Major General Michael Thompson.
After the soldiers were adjourned, the reunions started: fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, wives and husbands.
And, the Chavez family reunion.
"I have never been so happy to see somebody in my life," said Hayley.
"Very happy that he is home. He was with a great group of men and women out there serving our country. We are so proud of him," said Adam's father, Eloy.