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Waterloo sailor welcomed home from Afghanistan

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The mission is complete for one Iowa sailor.

An emotional homecoming happened Thursday at the Waterloo Regional Airport for Petty Officer 2nd Class Mike Harkrider, of Waterloo.

About 30 of his friends and family were there to welcome him home after he's spent the past year in Afghanistan, serving in the Navy.

Mike Harkrider said he's been looking forward to coming home, since before he even left Iowa:
"Dreaming of it actually before I even left. I thought about this day before I even left last year, so I've been thinking about it every day. I had no idea what it was going to be like, but it more than lived up to my expectations."

Harkrider's friends and family held a reception in Waterloo Thursday afternoon to welcome him home.

Online producer: Adam Amdor

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