CAMP DOUGLAS, Wis. (WXOW) - Wisconsin National Guard soldiers of the 127th Infantry returned home after a year-long mission in Afghanistan.
The soldiers served as "guardian angels", protecting United States advisers as they met with contractors and Afghan troops.
Family members packed together at the Volk Field hangar to wait for their loved ones to touch down.
Taylor Boblin of Hartland, WI waited for her boyfriend Staff Sergeant Kevin Radke to arrive with the troops and said she is excited to celebrate a calm holiday with him.
"Nothing special just presents, ham and movies the whole thing," Boblin said. "Just getting a chance to actually relax and be together."
Sgt. Radke has deployed twice so far in his career, and he has not seen Boblin nor their son Marcus Radke for one year.
The unit is based out of Appleton, Wis. so most of the soldiers are from the Fox Valley area.