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National Guard soldiers return home from Kuwait

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- It's homecoming day for hundreds of soldiers in the National Guard. Two separate companies are back in Louisiana after spending nearly a year in Kuwait.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford has the story.

Banner in hand...smile on her face...Kathy Walker can hardly contain her excitement awaiting her son's arrival home from Kuwait.

"He's been gone 10 months," said Walker. "He's ready to come home and I'm ready to get him home too."

Walker's son, SPC. Blake Brouillette, is one of about a dozen soldiers in the 1021st engineer company making his way back home to Camp Beauregard Wednesday morning.

"They've been working through the central command doing some basic expansions for logistics as we start to draw down the equipment out of Afghanistan and Iraq," said Lt. Col. Larry Benton, Dpty. Commander of the 225th engineer brigade. "They're expanding the logistics of the equipment that's being prepared for port to be shipped back home."

Emotions are running high..

"I want to cry," said Walker. "I'm just so excited! I just missed him so much."

...because there's no feeling quite like coming home.

"I was the first one off," said SPC. Blake Brouillette. "I saw my mom standing right there and my sister and brother. It was really nice. I haven't seen them in awhile."

It's the little things they say they've missed.

"When we landed, the first thing I would have to say is the smell of grass," said SPC. Noshoba Davis, who also returned home. "That would be the best thing getting off that plane is getting to smell grass and trees around."

The long journey has ended for now for these heroes. It's a job well done.

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