Guardsmen return home from Afghanistan


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Updated: 5/15/2013 2:26 pm Published: 5/15/2013 2:08 pm


One hundred and forty national guardsmen are home after nine months in Afghanistan.

They arrived in Tulsa on Wednesday morning.

FOX23's Melissa Hawkes was at the air National Guard base for the homecoming and talked to families about the reunion.

While serving in Afghanistan Specialist Blake Cradduck missed the birth of his son.

“Very hard, it's something I wish I could have been there for," Cradduck told us.

He 7- months old now and has only seen his dad through video chat, until Wednesday.

“It's totally different, it's a whole different thing," Cradduck said.

Wives and children held ‘welcome home’ signs and anxiously waited to see their soldier cheering when they walked through the doors.

"Very exciting, just really, really happy that he's back," Ginger Deshazo said.

Deshazo and her 3-year old daughter picked her husband, Sergeant Robert Deshazo, out of the crowd right away.

Families had to wait for a small ceremony to wrap up before running to meet them and it wasn't always easy to sit still.

“Especially holding a 3- year old that was wanting to run after him and run so it was very hard," said Deshazo.

Finally, she was able to wrap her arms around her husband and their four children took turns giving their dad a big hug to welcome him home.

The guardsmen’s main duty in Afghanistan was making sure roads were safe.


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