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Kosovo Troops Return to the Brazos Valley

By: Kristen Ross
By: Kristen Ross

After a year of service in Kosovo, and time spent away from family and loved ones, troops were welcomed back at the Texas National Guard Armory in Bryan, to the words, "Welcome home, Soldier".

"It's the best Christmas present any of our guys could have, to be home with their families and back in Texas," Lt. Col. Chuck Aris said.

Aris and his son Matthew were reunited earlier this week, and the seven-year-old already has big plans for him and his dad when they return home.

"Goof around, watch TV, you know eat popcorn, stuff we used to do," Matthew said.

Matthew and his father were able to stay in contact via e-mails. However, Aris said he can't recapture the days he missed while he was gone.

"I think you just miss a lot of birthdays and a lot of special days so you got a lot of making up to do," said Aris.

The soldiers were welcomed back to the Twin Cities with a parade held in their honor. Brazos Valley residents lined the streets waving signs in support of the troops and their service.

A group of veterans were also present to welcome their successors home.

"This is a very emotional day for me. I'm having to control myself, it is so joyous to see the waving, the children were out, and these guys from the Legion," said David Marion of the American Legion. " It's such a blessing for us to be here and to be able to say welcome home."

After a few last minute instructions, the troops were dismissed to spend the holidays with their loved ones.
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Kosovo Troops Return to the Brazos Valley
Kristen Ross

After a year of service in Kosovo, and time spent away from family and loved ones, troops were welcomed back at the Texas National Guard Armory in Bryan, to the words, "welcome home soldier".

Lt. Col. Chuck Aris said, "It's the best Christmas present any of our guys could have, to be home with their families and back in Texas."

Aris and his son Matthew were reunited earlier this week, and the seven-year old already has big plans for him and his dad when they return home.

"Goof around, watch tv, you know eat popcorn, stuff we used to do," said Matthew.

Matthew and his father were able to stay in contact via e-mails, however, Aris said he can't recapture the days he missed while he was gone.

"I think you just miss a lot of birthdays and a lot of special days so you got a lot of making up to do," said Aris.

The soldiers were welcomed back to the twin cities with a parade held in their honor. Brazos Valley residents lined the streets waving signs in support of the troops and their service.

A group of veterans were also present to welcome their successors home.

"This is a very emotional day for me. I'm having to control myself, it is so joyous to see the waving, the children were out, and these guys from the Legion," said David Marion of the American Legion. " It's such a blessing for us to be here and to be able to say welcome home."

After a few last minute instructions, the troops were dismissed to spend the holidays with their loved ones.


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