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95 soldiers reunited with families at the UNI Dome


About 95 soldiers from the Iowa National Guard were welcomed home on Tuesday at the UNI Dome.

A third homecoming ceremony at the UNI Dome included Company E, 334th Brigade Support Battalion and selected soldiers of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division.

Soldiers in three communities across Iowa returned to loved ones Tuesday. More than one thousand troops have returned home since Thursday.

These soldiers received a heroes welcome as the entered the UNI Dome. After a brief ceremony the soldiers were dismissed to their families.

Megan Nicol and her kids could barely make it to her husband Nathan fast enough.

"We're just really happy to have him home," said Megan Nicol

"It's great. It shows how much they care and I just... I'm really glad to be back home with them," said Nathan Nicol.

Eric and Sandy Small haven't been together since his leave in January. He missed his youngest daughter's first steps, but they say that's okay. They're just glad to have their dad home.

"Overwhelming, nervous, anxious, crazy, all at the same time with four little girls it's a little crazy, but we're so overjoyed to have him home," said Sandy Small.

"Just go sit in my chair at the house and play with the kids," said Eric Small.

These soldiers were all from the eastern part of the state, from Ames all the way to Dubuque.

In central Iowa another big group of soldiers were welcomed by family and friends at the Dallas Center-Grimes High school. There were about 80 soldiers at this event.

Another 110 soldiers also welcomed home in southwest Iowa this afternoon in the community of Shenandoah.

These soldiers are part of the 2,900 members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division deployed to Afghanistan from Iowa last year.

About 30 homecoming ceremonies are expected to take place in Iowa over a two week period.

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