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12/19/06-Jacksonville

Soldier Returns Home For Christmas

For the last two years, Sergeant Adam Odem has spent his Christmas' in the Army, away from his tight-knit Jacksonville family.

"I've always been at mama's house at Christmas, so not to be there the first time or the second time, it's weird," says Odem.

Following in his father's footsteps, the 22 year old joined the Army soon after high school, and within no time, he was sent to war-torn Iraq. As a network operations specialist, Odem makes sure the military's communication systems are up and running. He says in spite of all the violence in the Middle East, the U.S. Military is slowly making progress.

"We're making a difference, one little step at a time," says Odem.

When Adam's plane landed last night his family, who had missed him so much, was there for an emotional welcome home.

His grandmother Jo Ann says, "You're really just so full of emotions. You try not to cry, but you're just so happy. You're crying and laughing at the same time."

The family says his safe return is the Christmas present all of them were wishing for.

Sergeant Odem has six months left in the military. He says when he gets out, he plans on going to college to be a youth minister.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

  

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