Posted: Oct 24, 2013 8:25 PM by Cody Proctor - MTN News
Updated: Oct 24, 2013 8:31 PM
GREAT FALLS - Around 170 members of the 819th RED HORSE unit returned home to Montana on Thursday after spending months serving overseas in Afghanistan and southwest Asia.
Captain Lindsay Jaszokwiak says the airmen were thrilled to come home: "We're all excited to finally be back to see our families and to enjoy the hunting season that's fast approaching in Montana."
Among the most excited: Kristin Bowman, who has missed her husband during his deployment - and gave birth to their second son while he was gone.
Kristin said, "I'm really happy he's going to be here and I'm really happy he's going to be able to meet his baby boy and spend time with his oldest. They need their daddy. They're ready for him to be home."
Bowman doesn't know if or when her husband will be deployed next: "We're hoping maybe not, but you know, it's military. You never know, they could just take them at the drop of a hat, so we just go day-by-day. If it happens again we're prepared for it."
Several members of the Montana Air National Guard's 219th RED HORSE unit also came home to Montana today.
If you've ever wondered what RED HORSE means: Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (learn more here).