Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A heartfelt homecoming was held for nearly 80 Soldiers of the New York Army National Guard on Wednesday.
Members of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment arrived home in Central New York after an eight month deployment to Afghanistan.
As always, families were happy and relieved to be back in the arms of their loved ones.
Members of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment have not only spent the last eight months in Afghanistan, they’ve also spent the last week at Camp Shelby in Mississippi going through demobilization.
"I don't know if you can describe it. I've been away on a couple deployments and every time you come home it’s like seeing them again for the first time. It's fantastic,” said Captain Joe Minning.
"It’s great. It's awesome. Finally home after eight or nine months gone. All the training we've done over the past years to get ready. It’s a great feeling to be home. We're at the Armory, but even when we landed we all threw our hands in the air...happy to be back in New York, " said Soldier Jeffry Ruso, Company C, 427th Brigade Support.
They didn’t waste any time at the Armory. There were some hugs and kisses and they were quickly on their way home.