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Timely welcome for weary soldiers in Longview

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By Bob Hallmark

It was a timely welcome home for some weary warriors returning from duty in Afghanistan.

A heartfelt welcome home was given by East Texans to four returning soldiers.

Four families anxiously waited for an American Eagle flight to touch down at East Texas Regional Airport.

"They've been gone for a year. I'm really thankful that people are recognizing him," said Army wife Tony Druschke.

Four members of the Army's 721st engineering company had been on grueling duty in Afghanistan, and were welcomed by a big greeting committee.

"There's no feeling like it, every time we get off that plane," said Sergeant Dewayne Druschke.

Generations of veterans have sacrificed. And for these its no different.

"It was really hard having to leave my 6-month-old daughter, she was barely crawling, now she's walking," said Specialist William Cockerham. "It means a lot to come back and know that there are people that are thinking of us and remember us, that we're not alone out there. it has some more significance now," said Sergeant Steven Cantine.

Sergeant Dewayne Druschke was awarded the bronze star for action during his tour.

"I'm very proud to receive it, but I couldn't have done it without my soldiers," he said. "It's awesome, to know people are here supporting us like this, it's very good," says specialist Matthew Brice.

The soldiers have finished their tour in Afghanistan, and will now be stationed stateside in the Army Reserves.

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