OKLAHOMA CITY — Monday morning 224 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned to Oklahoma soil. They were brought to the Will Rogers Air National Guard base, to a hanger where nearly 1,000 loved ones were waiting.
The anticipation was high as family members and friends waited.
From the young to the old, even a few furry friends, they all waited.
Karen McNutt came to welcome home her husband and the father of her two precious boys.
She says, “We told him daddy was fighting alligators.”
From the moment the hanger doors opened the anticipation grew.
A short ceremony was held and then the moment everyone had long awaited, the soldiers were released to go home.
It was bittersweet for this crew to return.
All recognizing this as they took a moment to reflect on those who did not make it home alive.
Corporal Candice Miner says, “We did a lot of good things over there. We lost a lot of good soldiers but its part of what we do. It’s our job.”
For Staff Sergeant Matthew McNutt there was a hug, a kiss and special surprise waiting. His son, who just turned 1 year old Sunday, showed his dad a new trick.
Little Caden started walking and Monday walked right into his daddy’s arms.
It was just one of the joys he’ll experience now that he’s home.
McNutt says, “We made it!”
More than half of the 45th is still serving overseas; however, they are all expected to return to Oklahoma in the coming weeks.