Newport Residents Welcome Home Soldiers From The 39th

May 02, 2005 -- Posted at 9:30 P.M. CST

Newport, AR -- "We were the medical company that supported the 39th, and also helped out with the first cav--we were the main treatment facility," said Susan Hoffmeister.

"I maintained contact between our units that were in zone, or in escort missions, and reported it to higher authorities," said Charles Hightower.

For their loyal duty, and service by other members of the 39th Infantry Brigade, Newport residents said thank you.

Bettye Davis helped organized tonight's event.

"They are preserving and protecting our freedoms over here. We're happy to have them, and so proud they are here," said Davis.

Hightower says it's a battle within when you leave one family to return to another.

He says sometimes actions say much more than words ever can.

"A lot of our guys--well I guess I started it--hug a lot. It's good to hug a comrade," said Hightower.

These soldiers say there is no place like home.

"I'm around all my friends that I have missed for the last year. A lot of stress was taken away when we returned home. They could breathe a sigh of relief after reading everything in the newspapers and seeing everything on the news, so they were very happy," said Hoffmeister.

As happy as the soldiers are to be home--those who welcomed them back, did so with open arms.

"I just hug them and said, 'I'm so proud of you, and so proud to see you home'", said Hightower.