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Published November 24, 2010, 07:49 PM

More Soldiers Coming Home To North Dakota

An exciting announcement for the families of 75 North Dakota national guard soldiers. On Wednesday, they found out their loved ones would be coming home within a couple weeks.

An exciting announcement for the families of 75 North Dakota national guard soldiers.

On Wednesday, they found out their loved ones would be coming home within a couple weeks.

Kelsey Brockberg cannot wait to see her dad in a few weeks after serving his last tour of duty.

Brockberg's dad is a sergeant in the National Guard serving overseas.

"I know he was nervous about it before he went over there, but he's been doing a great job and we're all proud of him," Brockberg said.

Brockberg's dad has been gone for more than a year. He decided to join the National Guard after the flood of 1997. The first time he was deployed in 2004 had the family worried.

"I just broke down, it was very scary because we didn't know what to expect. We didn't know the environment he was going to be in, what they do for them over there and this has been a little easier," Brockberg said.

Governer John Hoeven announced the return of 75 soldiers with the 1st battalion, 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment Wednesday.

"It's very difficult and it's very nice to know that they'll be coming home soon, but I won't feel o.k. With it until I see him because then I'll know that he's fine, he's here," Brockberg said.

Excitement builds not only for family and friends but for fellow soldiers as well.

"People can't sleep at night to relaxed. Then their personal emotions come forward at the airport when they know their just moments away from seeing a loved one," Major John Kapocius said.

Kelsey's dad is retiring in a few years, and she says although they are proud of him and what he has done, it'll be nice to have him back.

"We were just hoping it was probably before Christmas so it's going to be an early Christmas present for us. We're very happy to have him home and he can't wait," Brockberg said.

Several soldiers flew into Grand Forks today. The second week in December is when Kelsey's dad will be back.

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