Soldiers return home to Region 8 - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Soldiers return home to Region 8

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The soldiers in the 1036th and 1037th Route Clearance Companies made the final leg of their journey back home on Friday.  They left Camp Shelby, Mississippi Friday morning to make the six hour trip to Jonesboro to see their families for the first time since their deployment ended.

"It's exhilarating just seeing my family and everything.  My hearts racing, it's just an amazing feeling being home," said soldier Tyler Pickney.

It's also amazing for his family.

"I can't explain it, it's the best.  You can't get a good high like this," said Tina Beeler.

This was the first deployment for Pickney and the third for Specialist James Aytchan.

"Our mission was difficult but we were able to pull through Arkansas has a big reputation and that's pretty big shoes to fill," said Aytchan.

"The entire deployment, the only reason I signed up for was to keep them safe," said Pickney.

Seeing a big crowd waiting as they arrived back home made it all worth it.

"To see Arkansas supporters like this, it gives me a lot of pride and joy in my job," said Aytchan.

Being home also means being away from their other family, the soldiers they've spent the last year with day in and day out.

"Especially my best friend Aaron McMillan.  Me and him stuck with each other the whole time its going to be weird waking up every morning because we lived in the same tent," said Pickney.

A soldier who is now part of his family.

"We didn't really know each other until this deployment and we just kicked it off.  This guy's been attached to my hip the entire time," said Pickney.

©2010 KAIT.  All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Foundation to adopt a family for Christmas

    Foundation to adopt a family for Christmas

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:40 PM EST2017-11-22 04:40:57 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:55 PM EST2017-11-22 04:55:13 GMT
    (Source: Keeunna Watson)(Source: Keeunna Watson)

    A foundation in honor of a Jonesboro who died from epilepsy is finding a way to serve another family in need for Christmas.

    A foundation in honor of a Jonesboro who died from epilepsy is finding a way to serve another family in need for Christmas.

  • Combating depression during the holidays

    Combating depression during the holidays

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:23 PM EST2017-11-22 04:23:14 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:41 PM EST2017-11-22 04:41:49 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The holiday season is usually a time of happiness and enjoyment with family and friends, but that can be different for some suffering from a mental health illness.

    The holiday season is usually a time of happiness and enjoyment with family and friends, but that can be different for some suffering from a mental health illness.

  • Officials search for law enforcement impersonator

    Officials search for law enforcement impersonator

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:22 PM EST2017-11-22 04:22:18 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:37 PM EST2017-11-22 04:37:51 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    For the third time since October, St. Francis County authorities are searching for a law enforcement impersonator, according to a report by our CNN affiliate.

    For the third time since October, St. Francis County authorities are searching for a law enforcement impersonator, according to a report by our CNN affiliate.

Powered by Frankly