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Deployed Soldiers Return Home to North Dakota

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Family and friends come armed with balloons and big smiles to welcome back deployed soldiers.

Corina Cappabianca is there for a homecoming this afternoon.

If you think these folks look excited to see their loved ones... just wait until you see these kids waiting for their dad.

"We're just like AHAHAHAHAHAH," say kids waiting for their dad.

The men and women of the North Dakota National Guard's First Battalion-- one hundred and eighty-eighth Air Defense Artillery Regiment-- arrived on a chartered flight at the army aviation hangar around two o'clock Tuesday afternoon.

And relatives couldn't wait to see them...

"Very excited and my three kids are excited too," says Bobbi Simmons.

The unit was deployed for nearly one year in Washington, DC -- working to keep the nation's capital safe.

"Our battalion's deployed 9 previous times all overseas Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo so this is a new deployment for us new experience and it's been outstanding," says Commander Jon Erickson.

Many members of the battalion have previously served overseas.

And several soldiers were returning from their second or third deployment.

ND National Guardsman

Josh Entzel was previously deployed to Afghanistan and Kosovo.

He says being deployed state side was still tough.

"It's almost harder at times. There's more you're able to communicate more and you know the family can come out and see you so it's harder in a way because there is so much communication and you don't have that disconnect versus being so far away that you can't access them every day through the internet and phone," says Josh Entzel.

Something that makes it easier...

This moment...

Hundreds of military supporters pack into this hangar-- anxiously waiting to greet their heroes...

And when they finally arrived-- little ones and big ones alike couldn't wait to give them a big hug.

"I'm very proud of my son. He's done an amazing job," says one mom.

"I've been back twice since we left but it doesn't beat coming back for good," says Joseph Petermann.

" I'm gonna go home, see the rest of my family and and spend time with them that's the goal," says North Dakota National Guardsman Chad Czeczok.

The hugs from loved ones here... never seems to get old.

Corina Cappabianca. KX News.

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