More than 120 members of the Kentucky National Guard returned home Saturday night after a yearlong deployment. Friends and families of the soldiers in the guard’s 223rd military police company waited at the Buechel Armory in Louisville. The company deployed in Aug. 2019 and many of the soldiers had not been on American soil again until Saturday. Many came with signs and balloons as they prepared for the bus carrying their loved ones to arrive. The family of Nolan Verst even rented a van so no one in their group of nine would be separated from him on the hour and a half ride back to Alexandria in northern Kentucky. “I’m very excited, I’m anxious. I just curious how he’s going to react to seeing everyone. His reaction on his face when he sees everyone here. Very excited,” Rebecca Baumann said.Because of COVID-19 concerns, there was no ceremony for the soldiers returning, Just hugs and handshakes as they got off the bus.”Just being away from home for a year really puts a lot of stuff in perspective. A lot of people have families, wives and kids. These are my kids. It’s an awesome experience to come home and see my boys again,” Soldier Craig Probus said.The Kentucky National Guard is made up of approximately 7,500 army and air guardsmen across the commonwealth.

More than 120 members of the Kentucky National Guard returned home Saturday night after a yearlong deployment.

Friends and families of the soldiers in the guard’s 223rd military police company waited at the Buechel Armory in Louisville.

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The company deployed in Aug. 2019 and many of the soldiers had not been on American soil again until Saturday.

Many came with signs and balloons as they prepared for the bus carrying their loved ones to arrive.

The family of Nolan Verst even rented a van so no one in their group of nine would be separated from him on the hour and a half ride back to Alexandria in northern Kentucky.

“I’m very excited, I’m anxious. I just curious how he’s going to react to seeing everyone. His reaction on his face when he sees everyone here. Very excited,” Rebecca Baumann said.

Because of COVID-19 concerns, there was no ceremony for the soldiers returning, Just hugs and handshakes as they got off the bus.

“Just being away from home for a year really puts a lot of stuff in perspective. A lot of people have families, wives and kids. These are my kids. It’s an awesome experience to come home and see my boys again,” Soldier Craig Probus said.

The Kentucky National Guard is made up of approximately 7,500 army and air guardsmen across the commonwealth.

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