National Guard troops based in Springfield return home safely

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Area troops are back home with family and friends.

About 30 members of the Army National Guard's 1844th Transportation Company returned to Springfield's Camp Lincoln Friday. Every soldier came home safe after serving for one year in Iraq and Kuwait.

"It was a long time coming," said Spc. Chris Melton. "Last month was the longest month of my life. The butterflies walking through the doors, so it feels really good."

The unit traveled all over Iraq and Kuwait logging more than 660,000 miles transporting cargo.

The troops also saw combat.

"It was scary," Melton said. "I mean, I got shot at over there so I got my combat action badge. It was scary. You never knew what was going to happen but take it one day at a time."

The troops were given a short welcome home ceremony recognizing their accomplishments before going home with family.

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