Nebraska soldiers welcomed home from Afghanistan
It was a warm welcome home for soldiers in Grand Island. They are back in the U.S. after being deployed to Afghanistan.
They are from the Grand Island Bravo Company. It's the second of the 135th General Support Aviation Battalion.
Soldiers were greeted by friends and family, as well as other members of the Nebraska National Guard, when they landed Wednesday afternoon.
Major Scott Ingalsbe said they fly troops and equipment all throughout a combat zone, and they're in high demand. He adds it's an important mission that the National Guard does to support our efforts overseas, in the US Central Command area of responsibility where they were mobilized to for the past ten months or so.
Part of that same unit was still in Nebraska, delivering hay bales by airdrop during the March flooding.
One soldier who returned to Grand Island Wednesday got to meet his newborn baby girl for the first time.
"The biggest thing with the baby was she did the whole pregnancy herself obviously. And we had the baby three months ago. Face Time came in huge for that. It was just a mixture of emotions, all happy and sad, yeah," said WO2 Joshua Blomstedt, Nebraska National Guard.
A second flight with around ten more soldiers from the same battalion landed later Wednesday night.
The whole group will be home for the rest of the holidays.