Crowd at Eugene Airport welcomes 971st Army Reserve home from Afghanistan

Crowd at Eugene Airport welcomes 971st Army Reserve home from Afghanistan »Play Video
Family and friends waited at the Eugene Airport on Thursday for troops arriving home from Afghanistan

EUGENE, Ore. - Some Oregon soldiers enjoyed a big welcome home Thursday after serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

A sea of anxious faces crowd the Eugene Airport terminal, clutching homemade signs and American flags. The group erupted into a mix of cheers, hugs and tears as the troops exited their flight late Thursday night. 

After a year in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Joey Vaughan along with the 971st Army Reserve Unit returned home. Vaughan was one of around half a dozen arriving in Western Oregon on two separate flights into the Eugene Airport late Thursday night.

The unit of about 20 is a mobile transportation company for the army reserves.

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