Tearful Homecoming For Local Soldiers

By Justin Moss

July 22, 2010 Updated Sep 14, 2007 at 11:23 AM EDT

A welcome home full of tears, laughter and plenty of hugs.

Across New York, Army National Guard members arrive home after service overseas.

Two flew into the Greater Binghamton Airport, to the waiting arms of friends and family.

And Action News was there for a special surprise.

7-year-old Seth Jayne wasn't feeling well.

He was in the school nurses's office with a fever.

But he felt a lot better after a surprise visit from his father.

"Dad, how did you get back?"

A tearful reunion for Specialist Bob Jayne, who just returned from Kuwait.

Jayne first arrived to the waiting arms of his mother and sister here at the Greater Binghamton Airport.

He's planning to stay home in Endicott for a while, but says he's ready to go if called back to duty.

"My son really had a hard time with me being gone so, but yeah I'd go if they wanted me to. It's a very important thing we're doing there," says Jayne.

Jayne arrived with another member of Binghamton's 204th Engineer Battalion, Staff Sergeant Vicki Noble.

She embraced friends who came to welcome her home with hugs and tears.

Noble was also in Kuwait, helping process combat troops going into and out of Iraq.

She's been away from her Delhi home for 14 months, and now plans to retire from the service after 34 years.

"I'm not going to work for about six months, I'm going to take a break and kind of relax and enjoy the United States again, it's great to be back," says Noble.

Feelings of joy to be back, feelings of accomplishment overseas.

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