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Aviators Arrive Home Just in Time for Veteran's Day

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Six North Dakota National Guard soldiers return home Sunday evening after a deployment in Afghanistan.


Guard officials say the soldiers from the Detachment 42 Operational Support Airlift arrived in Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday. 

The Guard members are part of a specialized aviation unit that provided aerial surveillance and support for ground troops in Afghanistan.

The soldiers were greeted by loved ones eager for their arrival.

1st Sgt. Russell Garrett says it's a blessing to come home to North Dakota, aand his family would have to agree.

"It's hard not to break down crying, and just sob your eyes out, you're so glad." says Marilyn Garrett, Russell's mom.

"Just knowing that he's all right, and he's home safe." says Ken Garrett, Russell's dad.

"It's always, it's really honorable experience, more of a humbling experience I guess, all of the people waiting for you, you've got the general, you've got friends waiting for you, you've got all kinds of stuff going on, it's just such a good thing to see your parents, to see your friends, to see your family, lots of other guard members." says 1st Sgt. Russell Garrett.

While four of the unit's soldiers arrived in Bismarck, oneone also arrived in Fargo and one in Grand Forks.

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