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Families overjoyed as Arizona National Guard soldiers return to Phoenix

Posted at 4:34 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 21:34:37-04

PHOENIX — With flags and signs, dozens of Arizona families gathered to welcome home their loved ones who spent nearly a year overseas.

The 198th Regional Support Group with the Arizona Army National Guard returned to Phoenix on Thursday. The unit deployed last September for a training mission in the Middle East in the country of Jordan.

Roughly 80 citizen-soldiers returned to their families, who had been anxiously awaiting.

"I'm so excited, I am overly thrilled," said Destynie Mccrory, 13, as she waited to see her dad.

Moments later, Mccrory was able to hug her dad for the first time in nearly a year.

"It's definitely the most difficult part of the deployment itself...being away from family," said Staff Sgt. John Mccrory.