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Westover welcomes soldiers home

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It was all smiles at Westover Air Reserve base Tuesday at a redeployment ceremony.

About 120 United States Army Reserve soldiers were welcomed home by mothers, fathers, wives, husbands and children.

It was kisses, hugs and lots of love just days before Valentine's Day.

Hundreds gathered to welcome home the 344th Military Police Company who have spent eight months in Afghanistan working a prison facility and training soldiers.

Surrounded by family and friends, most soldiers walked out hand and hand with loved ones, except for Kevin McNamara.

"I'm going home to surprise my family. They don't know I'm coming home yet," said McNamara.

He will travel from Westover to his hometown of Abington. He said one of his buddies will drive him to his front door. He's looking forward to seeing the tears in his mother's eyes.

He used just one word to describe what it felt like to be back on U.S. soil.

"It's, it's unreal," said McNamara.

His company commander, Capt. Greg Durant,  spoke highly of him and the rest of the soldiers.

"They performed exceptionally. I couldn't have asked for a better group of young soldiers," said Durant.

This was Durant's second employment. He said coming home to his son Riley in his arms was amazing after Skyping with him these past few months

"It's the most amazing feeling. It's the fourth best day of my life, my wedding, birth of my two children and then today," said Durant.

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