Returning Army Reservists given hero's welcome

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MILLINGTON, TN (WMC-TV) - As the sun set on Millington Saturday, the soldiers of the 441st Engineering Company were escorted to the Naval base for a hero's welcome.

A hangar at the Millington base became a reunion hall as parents, girlfriends and wives welcome home the 65 Army Reservists.

Lindsey Temke put a big kiss on her fiance, Army Reservist Matthew Cooper.

"Going to be getting married in August," said Cooper.

A few feet away, Jason Awad was getting reacquainted with his wife and mother-in-law, Dianne McCormick.

"I'm very proud of him," said McCormick.  "Proud of all the boys there, and I'm just glad everyone is home safe."

Awad was wounded when an IED exploded under his truck.

"It was an instant pain," said Awad.  "And then, of course, some of the other soldiers helped get me out of my truck and helped me get medivaced out of there.  And I think God for them."

Many of the families were also thankful at the welcome home event.

"Just so many things going through your mind," said Army Reservist John Green.  "You always have a fear that you might not come back.  Fear that you might not get to say what you wanted to say, or say what's on your mind at the time."

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.