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Local soldiers return home for the holidays

Posted at: 12/22/2012 11:31 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion

Twelve National Guard soldiers from the Rochester area will get to spend Christmas with their families.

The 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team has been stationed in Kuwait since January, but on Saturday night they were reunited with their families here in Rochester.

The soldiers were originally supposed to arrive around 7:30 p.m. at the Armory on Patriot Way, but because of the weather and flight delays they were over an hour late. The soldiers were transported from Syracuse after arriving from the Middle East.

While oversees in Kuwait many of the soldiers were performing logistics, administrative and security missions. The unit deployed in support of more than 25 different missions and locations throughout the Middle East.

Family members say they are extremely proud and ecstatic to have their loved ones home for the holidays.

“This year there will be all four of us to decorate the tree, which is pretty incredible. We were hopeful, but as typical with the Army, you never know until the fat lady sings so to speak. Even today was touch and go given the weather. We figured the Army would do whatever they could to make sure these guys got home to their families,” said Andy and Helene Scott, parents of one of the soldiers.

Approximately 120 more soldiers from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned home Saturday throughout New York.

Troops will continue to return home into the new year.

No word yet on when they are expected to be back in the Middle East.