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Max's Take: Ark. National Guard Soldiers back on home turf
Max's Take: Ark. National Guard Soldiers back on home turf

These are some of the best stories to cover as a reporter, soldiers coming home after deployments overseas. Today I went to Central Flying Service in Little Rock where about 60 Arkansas National Guard members came home after serving on a mission in Kosovo. Before they arrived, families filled the lobby area, many armed with Welcome Home signs and T-shirts. And when they arrived, cheers exploded and it was fun to see loved ones standing on tip toes and peering around searching for their soldier coming home.

One soldier from North Little Rock came home just in time for his wedding in two weeks. Captain Patrick Hawkins says his future bride planned everything while he was overseas. She said she gave him options to think about while in Kosovo but jokingly said they were all hers. His fiancee said what she missed most was having a "piece of her famliy" missing for the past year.

I also had a chance to speak with the Pearce family from Bee Branch. Captain Carter Pearce is an Army Chaplain. I interviewed him while he was holding his 2-year-old son Ethan and it was great to see the back and forth "banter" between the two. At one point, Dad tickled him and the boy responded, "Daddy, you're funny." That was priceless. Captain Pearce says the family's not planning any special vacations, just family time at home. He did mentioned maybe taking his boys to a Traveler's game. Have fun guys.