Members of a Rapid City Army National Guard Unit, in charge of providing aviation maintenance and repair support to the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade, returned home Monday night.
And Tuesday morning, they were given a hardy "welcome home."
Their mission, while in Kuwait, was to provide they specialize in rotary wing aircraft, or helicopters, sSuch as the Black Hawk.
The Soldiers of Detachment 1, Company B, 935th Support Battalion shipped out on June 6th, and returned to Fort Hood, Texas on June 21st to complete de-mobilization requirements.
The welcome home ceremony featured speakers South Dakota Army National Major General Tim Reisch, and Governor Dennis Daugaard wishing them a job well done.
And for the soldiers, there's no place like home.
"Just get back to normal here shortly, just try to get back to normal as soon as possible. Getting back to mowing the lawn, and sitting on my deck without having to worry about someone saying, 'go do this, go do that'," says Staff Sergeant Shawn Jensen.
Governor Daagaurd says he believes it's important for him as Governor to make an appearance and welcome our troops home.
"Soldiers and Airmen are putting their lives on the line, and some literally give their lives. And I want to demonstrate that we understand that at all levels in South Dakota. In the government and in the private sector, we all appreciate and value and respect their service to our state and our nation," says Daugaard.