Indiana National Guard members return home for holidays

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – Some men and women of the Indiana National Guard received a warm homecoming as they arrived home Tuesday after a deployment to Afgahnistan.

Any reunion this time of year is special, but 160 soldiers returning after nine months away was a sight to see.

Dozens of family and friends filled the Johnson County Armory in Franklin, to welcome home the 1413th Engineer Company. The soldiers have been conducting engineering operations in Afghanistan to support the ongoing drawdown of “Operation Eduring Freedom.”

Amy Compton is one wife who was extremely glad to have her husband home. They have seven kids, so if you ask her husband, she’s the real hero.

“It feels great. This is my third deployment. I mean we train well for what we do to go fight overseas but I don’t think they could train these families enough to keep things going while we’re gone,” said SSGT William Compton.

Major General R. Martin Umbarger was happy to welcome home those who did their mission for their nation.

There’s not a day better than what we have going on today when we can welcome home, said Major General Umbarger. “I just got a chance to shake the hand of 137 great engineers that left to do their mission for their state and for their nation.”

The company was expected home in March or April, but family and friends were glad to see them home for the holidays.

“I think maybe our nation sometimes wonder, in a time of a prolonged conflict like this, would this generation stand up and do what generations before them have done. And I say the answer is pretty obvious — particularly here in Indiana — yes. Yes, they have. I’m proud to walk in the ranks with them, said Major General Umbarger.

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