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Troops Reunite with Families in Salisbury

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SALISBURY, Md.- Soldiers reunited with their families at the Salisbury Armory on Saturday after serving nearly a year in Afghanistan.

Members of the 290th Military Police Company, which falls under the 115th Military Police Battalion, came home from a top secret security mission overseas.

More than a dozen families lined up outside of the armory to see the servicemen and women arrive by bus.

Deborah McMullen was among several parents who waited almost three hours to see them. Despite the wait, she said today could not have come fast enough.

"It's just excitement on top of excitement," McMullen said. "I couldn't hardly sleep this morning."

Penny Brooks anxiously waited for her son's arrival too.

"Right now, I'm very very nervous, " Brooks said. "I haven't seen him in a long while."

Army veteran Keith Allen said he put his family on alert about today. Like other parents, he was overwhelmed with excitement.

"I called everybody ; texted everybody to let them know that the day had finally come,"  Allen said.

When the charter bus arrived, carrying 17 MP members on board, the crowd swelled and cheer filled the streets. Families rushed back inside to welcome their loved ones. The troop got into formation and marched into the armory through a rear garage.

William Goris' eyes swelled with tears when he saw his four-year-old daughter.  This was his second deployment. He said he missed his baby girl a lot.

" It's terrible because I missed out on so much, " Goris said. " I'm just happy to be home and to be with her again. I'll try to make up for everything I missed within the last year."

McMullen cried tears of joy when she saw her son, John.

"I'm going to hang on to him," she said, holding him tight. John said, " it feels pretty awesome to have all the people who care about you here; then get attacked [hugs by family]."

Allen and his son, Kenneth, were happy that the wait was finally over.

"It's overwhelming, especially from the plane ride here," Kenneth said. " There's no other way to describe it; it's just overwhelming."

His father was almost speechless from being overwhelmed too.

"I couldn't feel better," Allen said. " It's the best feeling in the world."

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