Sergeant First Class Jacob Goble says it certainly is good to be home to spend Thanksgiving with his family. "I feel blessed and fortunate to be able to be home. I wish all my fellow soldiers could be here as well."
Goble's wife, just like the rest of his family is grateful to have him home. "I'm thrilled... three deployments in seven years," she says.
Rick Goble, Jacob's father says, "A lot of answered prayers. We've prayed for his return and this makes his third overseas tour, and it doesn't get easier."
Aside from his family, Goble says there are a few things he misses back home. "The green grass, Walmart, believe it or not. Good food."
The family also celebrated Christmas during Goble's leave with dirt bikes for each of his sons. His parents say it gets harder each time he leaves, but are proud their son is fighting to protect our country.
"I'm thankful for where we live and the freedom that we have," says his father.
Goble says he is thankful for the support from home, and says the time overseas would be impossible without the care packages sent from local churches and communities. "Without that, there's been times we're not able to receive or get certain items, personal hygiene items and things like that, because of the location that we're in," he says.
Goble leaves Monday to finish out his tour of duty. Sergeant Goble expects to return home for good in about three months, but says he would serve again if he was asked.