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Families reunited as military police detachment returns from deployment

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SSgt. Robert Yenshaw and daughter Brynlee of Louisville. SSgt. Robert Yenshaw and daughter Brynlee of Louisville.
SSgt. Edward Cole of Perryville, Ky., receives a tearful and tight hug from his mother, Marie Oberson. SSgt. Edward Cole of Perryville, Ky., receives a tearful and tight hug from his mother, Marie Oberson.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Tears of joy overflowed as families were reunited for the first time in nine months.

Forty-five members of the 1103rd Military Police Detachment of the Kentucky National Guard arrived home Tuesday afternoon at the Fairgrounds Armory in Louisville.

The soldiers had been away since May on their deployment. It was the unit's third deployment to Afghanistan.

Members of the detachment served as the police force for a base in northern Afghanistan. Their duties included criminal investigation, customs inspection and traffic patrol.

SSgt. Edward Cole of Perryville, Ky. was greeted by his parents and sister at the ceremony. He planned to savor a beer and a meal from scratch before family drove him home.

"I just want to go somewhere and get something that's not pre-made. Something that's made fresh" and doesn't involve standing in line, Cole said. 

SSgt. Robert Yenshaw held his youngest daughter, Brynlee, in his arms after the welcome home ceremony. Brynlee had not yet learned to crawl when he last kissed her goodbye. She is now walking.

"She wasn't crawling when I left, but she was definitely the one most excited to see me every Skype session. That was awesome," Yenshaw said.

Yenshaw says he plans on ordering take out and spend the next few nights watching movies with his three children and wife Sarah at their Louisville home.

"It's us and the kids and the movies. I'm hearing about this movie called 'Frozen.' They've been waiting for me to come home to watch that with them."

He says he has looked forward to the welcome home ceremony for almost two years, while preparing for deployment for a year and spending nine months in Afghanistan.

"It was overwhelming knowing it was all over. We had been preparing for a year before we actually left for deployment," Yenshaw said.

Skype and phone calls helped him stay in touch during the deployment, but it doesn't compare to being home in person, Yenshaw said.

Superiors praised the police work of the soldiers.

"Hold your heads high. I am so proud of you guys and welcome home," said detachment commander Capt. Jonathan Holliday.

"Your professionalism and vigilance saves lives, time and dollars. In this mission every soldier had the courage to be a leader," said Lt. Col. John Treufeldt.  

 

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