Friday, March 11, 2016

Troops welcomed home to Daytona with hugs, tears

National Guard members return after 1-year deployment
Troops welcomed home to Daytona with hugs, tears
Daytona Beach News Journal
By Jim Abbott
Published: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Michelle Rivera kisses her husband SPC Osvaldo Rivera Jr. as he arrives from Afghanistan along with 200 other soldiers at Daytona Beach International Airport on Thursday.
News-Journal/LOLA GOMEZ
DAYTONA BEACH – Nearly 200 local troops deployed to Afghanistan were welcomed home to Volusia County on Thursday with banners, lingering hugs and tears of joy and gratitude.

“My world is complete,” said Misty Creech, wiping away tears after a long hug with her husband, Sgt. Josh Creech, on the tarmac at Sheltair Daytona at Daytona Beach International Airport.

Adorned in homemade “Team Creech” T-shirts, the Creech family — including the couple’s three children and Josh’s parents — were among hundreds of family members and area residents on hand to salute soldiers in the 1st Battalion of the 265th Air Defense Artillery Unit of the Florida Army National Guard.
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