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Hero's welcome for National Guard Unit in Hartselle

The 152nd Military Police Company The 152nd Military Police Company

A hero's welcome was held Wednesday in Hartselle for an Army National Guard unit as the troops returned from a 10-month deployment.

The 152nd Military Police Company provided security support for Operation Enduring Freedom in Qatar.

Hundreds of people packed the Sparkman Civic Center to greet the soldiers. As their commander ordered them dismissed, their families began reuniting.

Sgt. Tyron Ward of Cullman said he was overjoyed to be back with his wife and three children.

"It definitely feels good to be back home, to be back with my loved ones and my family. All of it hasn't sunk in yet, being back. It's almost like it's a dream, and you haven't quite came out of it yet. A good dream," Ward said.

One soldier wasted no time making up for lost time. During the homecoming ceremony, Sgt. Corey Cato of Decatur called his girlfriend, Laura Cross, to the stage, got down on one knee, and proposed to her. She said, "Yes."

"Me and my commander had been planning it the whole way on the bus. He was very helpful, Captain Shook was, about helping me take a break from the ceremony and call her up there," Cato said.

The 152nd unit suffered no casualties during their deployment.

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