WHITE OAK, TX (KLTV) - Armed with the proud and beautiful red, white, and blue, Welcome Home Soldiers and Patriot Guard riders were at it again, making sure Staff Sergeant Kiley Cobb received a hero's welcome.
"I'm very appreciative of that," said Staff Sergeant Cobb. "It's something that you want to see when you come home from a deployment. You know, you don't get it all the time, and I'm just glad the community is backing me up."
And, his family backs him up too.
"He's is a second generation military so even his sister was military and his dad's retired service so it's a big deal for us," said Laura Cobb, his proud wife.
The Cobbs' three boys, Zachary, Colton, and Kirkland couldn't wait for dad to get home.
"We have three boys, so I know they're really excited and they miss dad when it comes to sports," said Laura Cobb, laughing. "Mom really is not that great at sports. Mom just gets to cheer."
"I've already been deployed twice before and this was the first time that I actually had a family on a deployment," said the staff sergeant. "So, it was kind of hard for me to leave."
While in Iraq, Cobb trained the Iraqi army. Now, his sons want to be just like him.
"[For] my middle one, everything has to be cameo, as you can see even the shoes," said Laura Cobb. "He has to have a piece of camouflage somewhere on his body so he can be like daddy."
And, Cobb is just thankful to feel appreciated.
"Most of the guys they just want to know that America's still backing us up," he said.
Staff Sergeant Cobb says he's home for good...until the National Guard comes a-callin'. He says he's looking forward to grilling some good 'ole East Texas bar-b-cue.