Posted: Dec 14, 2010 6:11 PM by Jenise Fernandez
Updated: Dec 14, 2010 6:34 PM
Families were cheering, hugging, and kissing today. All of them excited to see their loved ones from the 256th Brigade return home.
About 23 members of the Brigade arrived at the Infantry Armory in Breaux Bridge. Some soldiers had no specific plans, others had one thing in mind.
"I've had a year's worth of planning, so no plans for me," said Michael Langely, SST of the 256th Brigade.
"I'm going to eat a lot. A lot of Louisiana food," said Cory Lando, Specialist of the 256th Brigade.
Back in January, the 256th Brigade deployed about 3,000 troops to Iraq for their second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Craig Smith's son, Junior, has been in Iraq since March. With Junior's return home, Smith says he couldn't have asked for a better Christmas present.
"That was the main thing right there, get him home before the holidays," said Smith.
Before returning home, the soldiers completed demobilization training in Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The rest of the 256th Brigade is expected to return home throughout the month.