Some Valley soldiers home for the holidays

FRESNO, Calif.

Several of them are from here in the Valley.

The unit also served in Iraq in 2003.

A few flights touched down over the weekend, and several Valley soldiers are back with their families just in time to celebrate the holidays.

Some of them say it's time for the troops in Iraq to be home as well.

Family members have been eagerly waiting for this moment since February: the moment they get to wrap their arms around their brave soldier.

Sergeant First Class Michael Bricken is home from Afghanistan after 20 hours of traveling.

He just finished his third deployment overseas with the California National Guard.

"We do what we do because we love our country. We're here for our country," Sgt. Bricken said.

This is a poignant time for these military men and women.

Their unit, the 870th Military Police Company, had been deployed in 2003 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom -- the war that has just come to a close.

The last US troops in Iraq crossed over to Kuwait on Sunday morning.

Members of Patriot Guard - a group of veterans that honors service men and women coming back from deployment - showed up to greet the returning soldiers.

Louis Allan, a Vietnam vet, says it's time the war in Iraq is over.

"I am very happy that the troops are coming home. I believe that this war has turned into another Vietnam," Allan said.

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