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Fifty soldiers with the 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion came home around 11 a.m. Tuesday after serving in Afghanistan for almost a year. Fifty soldiers with the 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion came home around 11 a.m. Tuesday after serving in Afghanistan for almost a year.
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Fifty soldiers with the 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion came home around 11 a.m. Tuesday after serving in Afghanistan for almost a year.

"I woke up thinking, 'Am I dreaming?' And I'm like, 'No, today is the real day,'" said Dawn Podhajsky, a military wife.

Tuesday was the day Podhajsky and her two daughters welcomed home their soldier. This was her husband's second deployment.

"Oh my gosh, he is my absolute best friend, so I am very anxious to have him back home," said Podhajsky.

Byron Podhajsky said he's ready to take off the uniform for a while and spend time with his family. He said, after all this excitement, maybe a nap is in store.

"I couldn't sleep at all," said Podhajsky with the Iowa Army National Guard.

On the other side of the building, Emmie Meier was anxiously waiting to meet her dad, Justin Meier, for the first time.

"I mean, he becomes a dad today," said Emmie's mother, Allie Erickson. "I had her five months ago, but he becomes a dad today."

"It's great to have everybody here. First time to get to meet her, so it's quite a joy,"said Justin Meier with the Iowa Army National Guard.

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