They've been training for months in Mississippi and soon they'll be headed to Iraq. But for now, they're home thanks to the generosity of people who helped raise thousands of dollars to bring the Mountain Warriors back.
A very early morning wake up call as nearly three hundred Kentucky soldiers pulled into a London parking lot at 5:30 a.m. Thursday.
"Too see the expressions on everyone's faces this morning, it was worth the work and the effort we put into it," said Lisa Roark.
Roark was among many in Southern and Eastern Kentucky who helped raise 60 thousand dollars to charter six buses for the trip to the London and two for the ride to Bowling Green.
"Uncomfortable! A lot of people just anxious to get here," said Spc. Garrett Woods with the Kentucky National Guard.
The Mountain Warriors now have nine days to kiss wives and hold babies. Later this month, they'll load buses again bound for the Gulf Coast where they will finish up training for their Iraq deployment.
"The next couple of days are not going to last very long. Got to get back and get our job done," said Aaron Eaton with the Kentucky National Guard.
"It feels great to be home. Just nice to be home, be with the family, a break from training," said Terry Roark with the Kentucky National Guard.
The soldier’s service in Iraq will last at least a year.
The Mountain Warriors deployment is the largest in Kentucky since World War Two.