SMYRNA, Tenn.- Members of the Tennessee National Guard's 230th Signal Co. are back home after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
About 100 soldiers returned home to Smyra, and were greeted by a big crowd. Some people came with signs, and other waved American flags. It was a moment family members in attendance said they had been anxiously awaiting.
"I just want to welcome all the men and women home," said Teresa Fly, who was waiting on her husband, "I'm so proud of every one of them."
"We can't wait to get him back home to normal things, and get him caught up with everyone's lives and what has been going on," said Chantaues Crutcher who was welcoming home her dad.
When the plane landed and the soldiers walked out, there was plenty of music and cheering. Some family members embraced and cried, while others jumped up and down. It was a moment the soldiers said they would never forget.
"It feels pretty good," said Sgt. Joel Isbell. "It is nice to know we have such a large support group at home sticking with us, through thick and thin. That's important to us."
More than 27,000 Tennessee Army and Air National Guardsmen have deployed since September 11th, 2001.