1220th Engineer Company soldiers return to Broken Arrow after 9-month tour in Afghanistan

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Soldiers with the 1220th Engineer Company returned home Friday after spending the last nine months in Afghanistan.

The 130 engineers were welcomed home by a crowd of family and friends at the Armed Forces Reserve Center.

Congressman Markwayne Mullin thanked them for their service, and he thanked family members for their patience.

For some, the homecoming was met with mixed emotions.

"Didn't really want to come home because I've been with these guys so long and this is my routine, this is what I do everyday. I get told what to put on everyday, I don't want to change that," said Chris Garcia. "But then again, I have my daughters so I had to come home."

Garcia surprised his daughters, ages 3 and 4, who thought they were at the center for a meeting.

The soldiers built and demolished roads in the Paktika province in Afghanistan. There are no current orders for them to do another tour.

As of right now, there is only one unit of the Oklahoma Army National Guard set to deploy in 2014.

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