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Soldiers from the 81st Brigade return home

SPOKANE, Wash. - The first group of soldiers from the 81st Brigade returned hom from Iraq after a year long tour Wednesday. Three soldiers arrived at the readiness center just east of Spokane community college, around 6:30 p.m.

For Cindy ashworth is was part one of a homecoming.  Her husband came home tonight, while her son comes home with the next group which is scheduled to return in a week to ten days.

Sgt. Allen Ashworth and two other soldiers made the drive over from McCord Air Force base. Today his daughter and grandsons joined his wife, Cindy, in welcoming him home.

In Iraq, Ashworth was a non-commission officer and was in charge of Iraqi citizens on base.   He served in Iraq with his son Ben, who is a driver.

Sgt Ashworth and his wife are elated to be back together. "You anticipate what's it's going to be like but nothing compares to the actual experience and I've rehearsed in my mind over and over in my mind to see my family and see my little boys and hugging them and that sustained me a lot during this last deployment," said Ashworth.

Cindy Ashworth could barely put into words what it is like to have her husband home for good. "I feel wonderful. It's just so exciting to have him home. Next week will be better when their both home. It's wonderful, he's home and safe."

Sgt. Ashworth says it was a rough year on tour and said most of all he missed being with his family.  He adds it was an honor to serve with his son.  He and Cindy both agree their celebration won't be complete until their son Ben is home.

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