BEND, OR -- While more than 1,000 Oregon national Guard Soldiers remain mobilized overseas, this Christmas, a handful of soldiers return home today. Troops from the 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Bend, Eugene and Medford arrived Christmas Eve morning at Portland International Airport.
Spc. Jeffrey Duke and Sgt. Pete Gibbs from the 1-82 Cavalry Squadron were greeted by family after a long series of flights from Afghanistan. "I have a one month old daughter that I can't wait to see," said Sgt. Gibbs. "It's amazing to be home for Christmas." "I'm just ready to be home," said Spc. Duke. "It's the best Christmas present, ever," added his wife, Kirsten.