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344th Military Police Company Return Home to Loved Ones

troopshomeCHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — There were some very happy families across the Bay State Tuesday, after a welcome home ceremony at Westover.

Members of the 344th Military Police Company returned from overseas.

For the 344th, it all came down to one word: dismissed, and with that, the reunions began for family and friends of some 120 soldiers.

The servicemen and women returning home safely from their nearly year-long mission in support of operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

“It’s tough being away but it makes coming home much better,” said Sgt. Michael Eshner. “It’s really awesome to get back with them today.”

Eshner admitted that while standing at attention and listening to his commanding officer speak during the half hour ceremony, he was really thinking of just one thing.

“Trying to get them to be quiet to release us so I could hug my wife and kids and get out of here,” he said.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” his wife Samantha agreed. “It really is. It’s awesome. Can’t wait to get home and just watch a movie and just chill on the couch with all of us. It will be great. It will be awesome.”

Awesome just to get back to normal, to get back to a routine, to get back to being a mom or a dad, a brother, a sister, a civilian.

“You know you wait for this day for 11 months to a year and it finally happens and I don’t know what to do with him when I get home now,” said Sgt Thurman Musshorn’s wife.

Musshorn agreed. “I’m going to relax. Eventually go back to work. Start the whole civilian life back over again.”

The soldiers of the 344th have a 30 day leave, which they will no doubt enjoy.

Then they’ll be back to reserve status, but this time they’ll be stationed right here stateside.

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