Arizona soldiers return from Afghanistan - Tucson News Now

Arizona soldiers return from Afghanistan

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Friday was homecoming for some Arizona soldiers who have been fighting the War on Terrorism.

Members of the 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 285th Aviation Regiment of the Arizona Army National Guard returned home from a full, year-long deployment.

Sgt. Ruben Medina saw his six month-old son for the first time in person as he walked down the steps at Tucson International Airport. A cluster of families greeted five solders as they returned from their mission with Operation Enduring Freedom. While there, the unit flew more than 5500 hours over the skies of Afghanistan and were credited with numerous engagements with enemy forces.

This is the second time that this company has been deployed to Afghanistan. But this is the first deployment for some of its members. Whether the return home is the first for some soldiers or the second for others, some said that the experience does not become routine.

"I think this one was more emotional. The kids are older now, there's more of them, and I think this one was more emotional," said Sgt. Salvador Polanco, with the A/1-285th ARB.

"This is my first time coming home from deployment, so, but I don't think it's any easier," Sgt. Medina said with a laugh.

Thirty more soldiers were expected to return on Saturday.

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