Local troops return from Afghanistan deployment
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (WHDH) -- American flags and balloons were flying high as families greeted two North Shore companies returning home for Thanksgiving after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.
“Words can’t explain it,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Rosa, one of about 80 soldiers returning to Newburyport from the 182nd Engineering Company after a deployment in which they had the dangerous job of clearing explosives.
“He missed all his firsts which was really hard, but we’re so glad to have him home,” said Colleen Rosa who excitedly greeted her husband with their young son.
When asked if he says ‘dad’ yet, Staff Sgt. Rosa said:
“Actually I heard him say it on Skype. I would call her up and as soon as she would answer I would hear him say ‘daddy!’ ‘daddy!”
Specialist James Foster deployed shortly after his daughter was born.
“She was born right before I got home, so I got to spend two weeks with her,”
His wife is overjoyed and excited to have a break from overnight feedings.
“Oh yeah, it’s his turn now. I’ve had my time,” said Kelsey Foster.
It was a patriotic homecoming on a holiday at the heart of America.
“It’s amazing, I have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving,” said Sgt. Mark Bergmann.