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"It feels great," says SSgt. Stephen Albanese. "I'm so excited. It's emotional."
These families wait to reunite, cheering as they're one step closer to their loved ones.
"It's great to see all the support and feel how appreciated we are," says Albanese.
Gone 7 months of a 9 month deployment, these soldiers are home early, but counting down the days, all 211 of them. This day can't come soon enough.
"It's been a long time coming and I really appreciate him so much more and I'm so grateful that he's home and I'm so happy now," says SSgt. Albanese's wife Deborah.
The troops march into the hangar as part of their ceremonial welcome. Music, pictures and excitement before the moment they've been looking forward to.
"I haven't seen my baby since she was 6 months old," says Ssgt. Albanese.
It's excitement coupled with knowing over 260 of the soldiers they deployed with are still in Afghanistan.
"It's kind of bittersweet because I left so many folks engaged in the mission, but I also get to come home and rebuild and enjoy time with the family," says Battalion Commander Benjamin Bahoque.
Their arrival home comes as 2 U.S. troops were among those killed in an early Monday firefight after a police officer in Kabul reportedly opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces. Commander Bahoque says this group's mission was to provide maintenance for all of the helicopters flying in the country. It's his 3rd deployment, the first to bring him home to his family sooner than later.
"You worry about them when they're over there," says Commander Bahoque's wife Teresa. "You just want everything to go smoothly."
"We're with a great group of guys and we're like family out there, but there's nothing like this," says SSgt. Albanese.
Commander Bahoque says the remaining troops in the battalion will continue coming home in phases at the end of April.
Monday, March 11 2013, 11:05 PM CDT
Tenn. Powerball ticket worth $1 million
May 19, 2013 18:44 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Powerball ticket sold in Tennessee barely missed winning a share of an estimated $590.5 million prize. But the ticket has a nice consolation prize worth $1 million.
Officials say the Powerball ticket worth $1 million was sold in Chattanooga.
There's no word yet on who won.
A Powerball ticket sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., matched all six numbers selected Saturday night for the estimated $590.5 million prize. It's the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning numbers were 10, 13, 14, 22 and 52, with a Powerball of 11.
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Dow first crossed 14,000, investors were overjoyed. ...
IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.