Soldiers return home just in time for Christmas

By: Steve Hensley Email
By: Steve Hensley Email

A Christmas present some eastern Kentucky families will never forget.

Several National Guard soldiers who served in Iraq were reunited with their loved ones.

We were the only station to carry the homecoming live in London during our six o'clock news.

We talked to a couple of excited soldiers and a family member.

These moments never get old.

After months in Iraq the final group of Mountain Warriors are home.

“Little warmer than I thought it would be, but it's not as bad as the desert though,” Private First Class James Cheek said.

These two soldiers are both mechanics with the 149th Infantry and are excited to be home just in time for Christmas.

“My wife is going to get the first 48 hours, I've already promised her that. Then hopefully on Christmas I'll start seeing the rest of the family,” Sgt. Adams said.

“It's the only Christmas present me and his mom wanted and we got it,” Shellie Wilson said.

The soldiers say they are proud of what they were able to accomplish in Iraq.

“It was non-stop craziness the whole time we was there. We went to get the mission completed and get out of Iraq,” Cheek said.

“I'm ready to retire probably now and it's complete... it's a job done,” Sgt. Adams said.

This homecoming was a little more low key than the celebrations last week when dozens of soldiers made their way back to Middlesboro, Somerset, and London.

The soldiers tell us after tonight, the entire 149th Infantry will be home safe and that is certainly something to be thankful for.
Officials say five thousand Kentucky National Guard soldiers have served in Iraq since 2003, 14 lost their lives there.


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