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Soldiers welcomed home at Coralville ceremony


About 110 soldiers with Company "B" of the 1-133rd were welcomed home at the Marriott Conference Center in Coralville Monday afternoon.

The Wieskamp family wore blue shirts so they'd be even easier for their soldier to spot.

"We're just so excited. I'm not sure how else to word it. We miss him so much," said Hayley Wieskamp.

Hayley Wieskamp said this is the day she's been waiting for since her husband, SPC Lance Wieskamp, left.

As the soldiers made their way in. Hayley searched for her husband. Not thinking yet about the jobs waiting for him at home.

"I broke the mower. I broke the snow blower in winter, and when he was home on leave he had to fix it. Now I broke the lawn mower. It only turns left," said Wieskamp.

11-year-old Trinity Wieskamp knows what she wants her dad to do first.

"I want to go on ride with him on his motorcycle," she said.

Finally, the soldiers were dismissed and began making their way through the crowd. Hugging and kissing her husband couldn't come fast enough for Hayley.

"It took forever. I know it's only 17 minutes, but it was a lifetime. I'm just glad he found us," said Hayley Wieskamp.

"I'm just glad to be home with my family. That's the most important thing," said SPC Lance Wieskamp.

All 110 soldiers welcomed home in Coralville are glad to be with their families.

"I'm really glad to be back. Excited to start my civilian life. Really great to see everybody down here. Awesome support," said SSG John Fels of Hawkeye.

"I'm just glad he's home, just to be able to touch him," said wife Darlene Fels.

A happy reunion for so many eastern Iowa families.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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