FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - About 35 members of the Kentucky Army and Air National Guards got home from Afghanistan Friday afternoon. They all said it couldn't come at a more appropriate time.
"It's the magic of Christmas," said Major General Lonnie Culver.
"It's the greatest Christmas gift ever!" said Carrie Sizemore.
"Best Christmas ever!" said Sgt. Bobby Sizemore.
"Couldn't have been better timing. Santa brought daddy home!" said Staff Sgt. Robert Foushee.
Guard spokespeople say this group, Agribusiness Development Team 4, helped Afghan farmers build the foundations of their agricultural marketplace. The troops have been deployed for nearly a year. They and their families say the joy of this homecoming is overwhelming.
"It's amazing. It's been a long time coming, finally," said Staff Sgt. Foushee.
"Emotional...yeah, it's been a rough year...just emotional," said Sgt. Sizemore.
They say right now they just want to focus on taking some time out for their families.
"For the next week or so, I'm going to be unavailable to everyone except the family. I'm not even going to be able to be reached by phone. They'll be lucky to find me!" said Sgt. Sizemore.