First ETX soldier to come home since bin Laden's death
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - As specialist Castillo walked down the terminal there was a massive amount of cheering.
His mother broke down in tears, hugging her son for the first time in seven months.
Javier Castillo says, "I was just speechless. If I had more arms, I'd hug everyone at the same time."
Castillo is the first East Texas soldier to come home since the announcement of bin Laden's death.
He says he found out about bin Laden's killing through reports at a Dallas airport.
Castillo says, "as soon as I found out I was shocked you know, I didn't know what was going on and then I was asked what did I think about it and I was just speechless."
Now, he's had time to let it sink in, what it means to our armed forces, our country and his job, which he says is not over.
According to specialist Castillo, "We still have a lot of work to do. That's just, we're talking about one guy, he had one big issue with us, but we still have a lot to do over there I mean including Iraq."
He says he's proud of the navy seals and the mission they completed.
"If they could me, I'd ask them how they did it. I'd be like teach me what you know, said Castillo."
A job he loves to do for a country he loves even more.
"That's what we're here for. So, they can send me back for two years, five years I'll do my job as long it keeps everyone safe here, said Javier."
For the next two weeks, Castillo will visit his family and his friend's gravesite. A soldier who died in the war.
A reminder, he says, of why he's going back to complete his tour.