Indiana Guard unit returns from months in Afghanistan
Just in time for the holidays, it was a very emotional night for Indiana soldiers back home from Afghanistan.
There were hugs and tears of joy at Stout Field Tuesday night as 70 members of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat team, based in Lawrence, were greeted by family and friends. Children held handmade signs welcoming their parents home. There were even some babies born while their fathers were deployed.
The embraces lasted for quite a while, as did their tour of duty. They've been in Afghanistan for the past nine months, training Afghan troops and police officers.
Some say they're thankful to be back home and expect this year will be the best Christmas ever. For others, there were still moments of disbelief that their loved ones are back on American soil.
"It's one of the best experiences you could possibly have being able to come home to your family," said Greg Berlovich.
Officials say the unit oversaw more than 5,000 coalition security forces during its deployment that started in March.
More American troops come home next year.