170 National Guard members return from Iraq

Posted April 28, 2010

— Approximately 170 members of the U.S. National Guard returned home to family and friends Wednesday after a 9-month tour of duty in Iraq and three months of training before being deployed.

It was the second deployment for the National Guard Apache unit based in Morrisville. In 2003, they were deployed to Afghanistan.

"I'm excited to be home. I missed home so much," said Spc. Fernando Ambriz, who was deployed shortly after he married his wife. "I never realized how great America is until I got over there. I love America, and I'm glad what I do for it."

Sgt. Robert Wellbrook also reunited with his family, including his 2-year-old daughter Kiersten, who cried when seeing her father.

"She a lot bigger," Wellbrook said. "I've missed half her life, and now I'm back to see her again."

Spc. Misty Burns and her husband were also deployed and forced to leave their 3-year-old daughter, Lilly, with her grandmother.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever had to do," Burns said. "But she was in very good hands."

Teresa Raspa was embraced by her family, as well. It was the 22-year-old's first deployment.

"It's overwhelming," she said. "I'm glad to be home, though."


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  • Proud2BUS Citizen Apr 29, 2010

    Thank all of you for protecting us. You are why I am a proud US Citizen. Welcome home!

  • Ready2Taxi Apr 29, 2010

    Welcome home, 1/130 Aviation. Well done.

  • mimi25brats Apr 29, 2010

    Thank you guys and gals for your service!! I am glad you all are home safe with your families. Without you, I may not be able to be home with mine. God Bless You All!

  • johnnyboy Apr 29, 2010

    WELCOME HOME, warriors.
    And, thank you!

  • poohperson2000 Apr 29, 2010

    I am so proud of each and every member of the 1st of the 130th. Thank you all for what you have done. I hope everyone's return home was special, and when they have your formal ceremony, I will be there!
    My husband is part of this unit, but was not allowed to deploy because of sleep apnea. We are hoping he gets cleared in the next month, so he can remain part of this wonderful group of men and woman!

  • sweeethng Apr 29, 2010

    The rest of this unit comes home tonight around supper time. Can't wait to see them and welcome them home.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Apr 28, 2010

    God bless you guys! And thank you for your service!