Tuesday’s frigid temperatures could not be felt by some Delaware families who embraced their loved ones with warm hugs at the Delaware National Guard in Newport.
A total of 63 members of the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion returned home to their families. The troops arrived as a unit and then were reunited with their families in Newport and Georgetown. For one Delaware family today’s reunion was proof that prayers are answered.
“I’m so happy, I prayed everyday she was away,” said the mother of Spec. of Billy Waitiehk-Abehl who had tears of joy coming down her face.
Specialist Lindsey Carney was greeted by seven of her family members holding colorful welcoming signs.
“It’s the greatest feeling in the world to be home, it’s great to see everyone especially some of my battle buddies who came home early,” said Spec. Carney.
In May of 2013, 300 soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan. Although half of the battalion is already home, the other soldiers in the battalion are expected to return in February.