A tearful, but joyful welcome home for two Nebraska National Guard Units returning after deployment in Afghanistan took place at the Lincoln Airport.
Family and friends greet two small units: the Nebraska National Guard Agribusiness Development Team Number 3, deployed for a year, and the 43rd Operational Support Airlift Detachment, deployed for nine months.
Adjutant General Judd Lyons celebrated with the returning soldiers and their families.
“These are the best of days, when we welcome home our soldiers from important missions overseas,” Lyons said during the ceremony held at the Nebraska National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters at the Nebraska National Guard air base.
Lyons thanked both soldiers and families.
“On behalf of the entire Guard team, I want to thank the soldiers for the missions that you performed and I want to thank the family members for being here today and the sacrifices you made over the course of the last year,” Lyons stated.
Gov. Dave Heineman also welcomed home the soldiers and thanked the families.
Members of the agribusiness team help Afghan farmers develop agricultural skills and build the infrastructure needed to store crops and better market them. The 43rd Airlift group ran several air support missions in Afghanistan over the past nine months.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]