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Those Who Serve: Back from Kuwait

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An Oklahoma Army National Guard Unit returned to Ada after a deployment to Kuwait. (KTEN) An Oklahoma Army National Guard Unit returned to Ada after a deployment to Kuwait. (KTEN)
A soldier's mom is overjoyed as his unit returns to Ada. (KTEN) A soldier's mom is overjoyed as his unit returns to Ada. (KTEN)
An emotional homecoming as an Oklahoma Army National Guard soldier is welcomed back to Ada. (KTEN) An emotional homecoming as an Oklahoma Army National Guard soldier is welcomed back to Ada. (KTEN)
An infant holds a flag as an Oklahoma Army National Guard unit returns to Ada from Kuwait. (KTEN) An infant holds a flag as an Oklahoma Army National Guard unit returns to Ada from Kuwait. (KTEN)

ADA, Okla. -- On this Memorial Day weekend, we are reminded of the men and women who sacrifice to serve their county.

No one knows that sacrifice better than the Oklahoma Army National Guard's 1245th Transportation Company based in Ada. They served overseas this past year, and it was an emotional moment when they returned to the Sooner State on Friday morning.

"I'm nervous, I'm really nervous," said Don Sloan, whose son was deployed.

Sloan and other families counted the days until their loved ones came back.

"We have been waiting for so long," said Brittany Yates as she waited for her brother. "We've been getting the news that he's going to be here on this day, and now he's finally here... it's just amazing!"

"We've been crying all morning," said Cindy Brill, whose son was coming back. "I feel so patriotic; I feel so excited, and everything around me just makes me bubble."

The wait ended Friday morning when the 1245th Transportation Unit returned to Ada following a year in Kuwait. The company completed more than 600 missions, transporting service members and thousands of tons of cargo.

"It's very, very dangerous, and the soldiers executed their mission," said the company's commander, Warren Queton. "It really is an accolade to their teamwork and mission mindset."

Even better: All 150 soldiers returned home safe and sound.

"They've done that; we returned home; their mission is complete," Queton said.

Now, it's all about family.

Guardsman Emmanuel Gutierrez said he came home for his son's birth last year.

"I only got to spend a couple days with him, and now I come home and he's eight months," Gutierrez said. "He's a lot more bigger than what I saw when I left, so I'm really excited to see my baby again."

These are true Texoma heroes whose service will not soon be forgotten.

"I'm just so proud, and I love them so much," Don Sloan said. "I'm so glad everyone made it back safe."

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