Posted: Dec 20, 2010 12:03 AM by Chris Welty
Updated: Dec 20, 2010 12:23 AM
Many soldiers with the 256th Infantry Brigade are back home in Acadiana...KATC'S Chris Welty was there as troops arrived at the armory in Lafayette Sunday morning.
Cheers, clapping, hugs, and tears in Lafayette as soldiers return home to their loved ones. A consensus among families all waiting to enjoy quality time and to cook up some home-style meals.
"I'm probably looking forward to the good food. The food in Iraq was good, but gets a little bland after a while and I'm just ready to eat some real southern food."
Private Kristen St. Piere was overseas for 10 months and she says "It was scary at first, I'll be honest...I've never been deployed before and I was expecting there to be more violence against us and there wasn't. People were very friendly and they were glad for us to be there and it was a nice experience meeting all these local people and knowing that we were making a difference. "
Soldiers that we spoke with say that although they missed being home, they know that their services were needed in Iraq.
Specialist Kelly Jenkins says, "The only way to actually explain it is you have to go there and go there with me...you see just the rebuilding effort the US puts in and the things that we have donated to them to help them and the training that we have given them. You can see it in action, you see us training them and you see the camaraderie between the Iraqi and US troops, and that was something just awe inspiring. I love the army and I love being a soldier."