Covering Dale County: Alabama National Guard Troops Return From Iraq

Daleville, Ala. (WSFA) --  It's been a long twelve months but the wait is finally over for the families of more than 160 soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 131st Cavalry Squadron.

Monday morning troops came home from Iraq to the Daleville National Guard Armory.

Vickie Locke's excitement was almost too much to handle.

Her arms locked with her husband First Sergeant Wendall Locke, she isn't letting him go anytime soon.

"I'm really glad he's here, but I never want to do this again," said Vickie.

For Master Sergeant Bill Greene this day is about firsts.

"This is my brand new grandson that I just laid eyes on today," said Greene.

Over the last year the solider's of the 131st Cavalry Squadron took part in more than 280 combat missions, escorting more than 17,000 trucks.

They were involved in 56 enemy attacks and 40 improvised explosive device strikes.

Everyone of them returned home safe.

"Major Dale Murray told me a long time ago, smart guys come back and that's what we were, we were smart guys," said MSG Greene.

While they were gone, it was strength from their families that keep them going.

"We had good communication with our family when we was over there, that was a good motivation over there," says SPC Lance Lucas.

"The thoughts of home and getting the mission done," said MSG Greene.

"That keeps us going over there, that there being taken care of," says 1SG Locke.

This is the second time members from the 131st have been mobilized.

They were called to active duty in August of 2002.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis (Wiregrass Newsroom)