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Soldiers Return Home

About 80 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers with the 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion returned home from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.
JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY--- About 80 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers with the 1-104th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion returned home from a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

The men and woman came home Wednesday afternoon.  Friends and family filled the base, held signs and waived flags.  Cheers erupted as the plane finally landed and the first group walked out.

“It was so awesome,” said Sgt. Jamie Harvey.  “I’m just so glad to be home.”

Harvey was greeted by her fiancé and mom who have waited nearly a year for this moment.

“It’s been rough,” said Stewart Francis, Harvey’s fiancé.  ‘I’m just glad to have her home.”

“It’s been a tough year,” said mom Roberta Harvey.  “Both her and my husband was gone.”

Harvey and her dad were deployed last August to Afghanistan, but for many they were not as lucky and relied on the internet to keep in touch with family back home.

‘The hardest part was being away from family,” said Nathan Anderson, pilot.

“As long as he had Wi-Fi we were able to stay in touch which made it easier than I thought it would be,” said Jessie Anderson. 

As quickly as family and friends filled the base Wednesday afternoon they left.  Harvey said now that she is home she has some serious planning to do, and wait for her dad to come home next.

“He proposed right before I was deployed,” said Harvey.  “Now I need to start dress shopping.”

There will be a few other groups returning from the 104th over the next few weeks.

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