Quantcast

Pa. guards return home after 9-month mission - abc27 WHTM

Pa. guards return home after 9-month mission

Posted: Updated:
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

A nine-month wait for the families of about 125 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers came to an end Thursday as members of the 1-104th Cavalry Squadron, 55th Armor Brigade returned from a deployment to Kuwait.

The soldiers returned to home armories in Harrisburg and Fort Indiantown Gap, as well as Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre.

Sarah Hanner said she had butterflies for two weeks before her husband, Sgt. John Hanner, stepped off a bus in Harrisburg.

"It was incredible," she said. "I didn't think I would cry, but I cried a little bit. You don't know what to expect."

Sgt. Hanner said he really started counting the days once he was stateside.

"I'm anxious to get back home and relax a little bit and spend time with family," he said.

Hanner's family grew while he was away. His 9-month-old niece was born weeks after he shipped out.

The soldiers, the sixth group from the 55th Armor Brigade to return home, conducted base operations and security missions at military installations in the Middle East.

Several more groups of Pennsylvania National Guard members are scheduled to return over the next few months.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Garden Spot marching band performs with Fall Out Boy

    Garden Spot marching band performs with Fall Out Boy

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:33 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:33:13 GMT
    When we last left off, the Garden Spot Marching Band was waiting to see if the band Fall Out Boy would live up to their word. Back in July, the school board told the marching band they could not perform one of Fall Out Boy's songs because of the language in the lyrics.More >>
    When we last left off, the Garden Spot Marching Band was waiting to see if the band Fall Out Boy would live up to their word. Back in July, the school board told the marching band they could not perform one of Fall Out Boy's songs because of the language in the lyrics.
    More >>
  • Endless Shrimp® Returns to Red Lobster®

    Endless Shrimp® Returns to Red Lobster®

    Starting Monday, September 1st, Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, the number one guest-requested promotion, is back for a limited time. This year, guests can satisfy their shrimp cravings through one of the most...More >>
    Starting Monday, September 1st, Red Lobster's Endless Shrimp, the number one guest-requested promotion, is back for a limited time. This year, guests can satisfy their shrimp cravings through one of the most...More >>
  • Boy dies after lightning strike near Peach Bottom

    Boy dies after lightning strike near Peach Bottom

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:03 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:03:23 GMT
    A lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a Lancaster County creek.More >>
    A lightning strike has killed a boy who was swimming in a Lancaster County creek.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow