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Iowa troops back home with families


It was the first of some 30 soldier homecomings in the next two weeks.

Families and friends packed the Prairie Point Middle School gym in Cedar Rapids, to welcome home 50 soldiers of the 2nd Brigade combat team 34th infantry Red Bull division.  They had been deployed to Afghanistan for nearly a year.

After an hour delay, the men and women of Charlie company marched into the gym for a short welcome home ceremony, and then were dismissed to their families. 

Maybe nobody waited longer than Bonnie Brown of Central City.

She was there with her two daughters when the gym doors opened, anxiously awaiting to see her husband Brian.

After a two hour wait, they finally got the moment they were waiting for.

"They tell you he's coming home with you, but you just don't believe it until he walks through that door.  Then all the emotions just hit you that this is real, he's coming home with us tonight," Brown said.

It was really hard being away from the girls.  I missed them dearly and I just can't wait to spend the rest of the summer with them," said Specialist Brian Brown.

Then there's Kayle Parker.  She hadn't seen her fiance TJ since he proposed in February while home on leave.

"Everything's been bouncing through me.  I want to see him," she said.

Now she has him home on the day that marks one year until their wedding.

Rick Goynes of Clinton wasn't sure if he was going to have this moment.
After a motorcycle crash last week, he was in Cedar Rapids to welcome home his son Raymond.

"I want my stomach to quit hurting.  I'm glad that he's back," Goynes said.

For these three families and hundreds of other Iowa families, the coming weeks will be a time of joy, as a large portion of the largest deployment of Iowa troops since World War II is now returning home.


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