LOS ALAMITOS (CBS) — Cheering family and friends greeted around 300 members of the California National Guard on Monday as they returned home from a yearlong deployment to Iraq.

The 1-140th Aviation Battalion arrived at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base after providing aviation support and backing U.S. troop withdrawal in central Iraq.

“I don’t know if I can use the right words. It feels really wonderful,” guard member Kevin Keim told KCAL9.

Relatives of the guard members waved flags and toted signs welcoming loved ones home.

“We left home a year ago,” Keim told Channel 9. “We’ve been in Iraq, where our battalion was spread over three different locations.

Keim said the missions included “flying utility helicopters, air assault missions, general VIP missions and support”.

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Comments (3)
  1. James Granfield says:

    It’s about time, now they can do what they are supposed to do. protect the state of California and not be fighting in foreign lands. The Nation Guard are under the command of the Governor of the State and not the President.
    Tnank GOD they are back safe and sound and don’t have to return to hostile lands where the people hate us.
    Thank you for serving you/our Beloved Nation.

  2. COBRA says:

    Welcome home brothers and sisters HOAAAAAAAAH

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