Nine months of separation came to a close on Friday as six members of the Nebraska Army National Guard came home.
They were on deployment in Afghanistan as part of a support team for Special Forces operations. They returned to a special homecoming.
They returned to loved ones who understand that their service was worth the price. That was evident at the North Omaha Readiness Center as Joshua Reinhard waited for his big brother to come home.
During a short ceremony, leaders made sure those welcoming the troops knew what the six men were up to on the other side of the world, retrofitting and recovering millions of dollars worth Special Operations equipment.
Sgt. Anthony Reinhardt said, “Got to call home to family, got letters from friends. That all helped. Just knowing what I do is a good thing."
Joshua Reinhard looks up to his big brother, “all the time," he said.
Part of being on deployment involves understanding that the family is also sacrificing while their father has been away for nine months. Readjusting to life back in the States means taking on new roles as well.
Sgt. 1st Class Bryce Preister said, "The deployment was good because there was good people that I was with. The only thing I wanted to do was get back to this little girl and this little boy. Can't wait to trade in the title of army solider to Mr. Mom.”
The six soldiers were part of the Nebraska Army National Guard's 195th Forward Support Company directly supporting Special Forces units in Afghanistan.