Crowd at airport welcomes troops home from Afghanistan

Crowd at airport welcomes troops home from Afghanistan
Family and friends waited at the Eugene Airport on Thursday for troops arriving home from Afghanistan

EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Army Reserve troops came home to a warm welcome at the Eugene Airport Thursday night.

According to Glynis Byerlin with VFW Post 9448, reservists with the 971st Army Reserve Unit are returning home from an approximately year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

Family, friends, members of local VFW posts and community members gathered at the airport terminal with signs, smiles and tears.

This was the second deployment for the 971st.

They prepared to ship out for Afghanistan last April.