After their own police escort, members of the 235th Military Police Company arrived at the Rushmore Civic Center and were greeted by family and friends.
After a nine month deployment Military Police Officer Aaron Remington is back with his family. "It's unexplainable, I feel so excited to be back. I get to see my beautiful son and my wife again," he said.
His wife, Jade Remington, has some plans for her husband now that he's back home. "I'm going to have him change the light bulbs. We bought a house, while he was gone so I completely moved everything so he has a list," she said.
The Remington's are one of the 124 families back together after the return of the 235th Military Police Company. "We were facility security for the facility overseas so we just were the last line of defense for the facility for the compound we lived on," said Aaron Remington.
Thad Schmit, the company's commander says the unit also trained members of the Afghan National Army. "We provided facility security for the afghan national. The primary focus is right now is to train Afghan National Army so as we withdraw they are able to be self sustaining."
And as the troops withdraw and more return, Schmit says there's no better feeling than coming home. "There's very few feelings that beat the feeling of coming back from deployment grabbing your wife off the bus or your family," he said.
Jade Remington knows that feeling. "There's not a word that even explains how amazing it feels," she said.
And when the overwhelming feelings begin to subside, Aaron Remington is looking forward to just enjoying time with his family. "Get reacquainted with my son and spend some family time, settle back in," he said.
The deployment was for nine months but the soldiers were actually away from their families for 11 months.
This was the third mobilization of the 235th, which deployed in 2003 and 2006.
Governor Daugaard and Mayor Kooiker were among the guest speakers welcoming the unit home Monday.