The 111th Engineers of the Army National Guard (out of Buffalo/Eleanor, WV area) are back in the USA. Currently the unit is at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, preparing for their return home. My son is in that unit.
That is all the news we have so far. We are not sure when the tropps will get to West Virginia but it should be within days. To me they're home already, back on US soil. I expect a collective sigh went up from all parents, children and other family members when the planes landed.
We're in a waiting game now, wondering when the phone will ring and when we'll go to the airport to pick him up. Or will he just walk in the door, surprising us all?
It was a long year, but this time there were no unexpected extensions of the tour like what happened in 2003-2004. The troops are home exactly one year after they left.
I know there will be at least three really happy kids within the week--and one relieved Mom.