December 22, 2010 – Louisiana National Guard 256th Brigade
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - They started coming home on Saturday. Members of the Louisiana National Guard's 256th Infantry Brigade based out of Southwest Louisiana had been in Iraq since February of this year. But having served their country for the required amount of time, many of them are back here for good.
"It's been a long year," said Neil Conner, father of soldier Kade Conner. "I am very happy to have him home now."
"It's pretty exciting being back for Christmas," said Kade. "At first, we weren't sure we were gonna make it back in time."
In January, the 256th mobilized and deployed about 3,000 troops to Iraq as they began their second tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Louisiana Guardsmen helped set the conditions for the withdrawal of U.S. Armed Forces and equipment.
"My son Brian Allen has been in Iraq since February," said Jeanne O'Quinn of Sulphur.
And so we salute these young men and women of the 256th brigade of the National Guard as this week's KPLC Billy Navarre Hometown Patriots.