Utah Special Forces soldiers return from Afghanistan

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) – You may have seen a lot hugs, smiles and tears Thursday at the Salt Lake International Airport. A group of soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard returned home from a mission overseas.

You could say, it’s a special day at the Salt Lake Airport. Thirteen Special Forces soldiers from the Utah Army National Guard are returning home.

“It’s one the best days of my life coming down the escalator,” said Staff Sgt. Kyle Pullan, 19th Special Forces (Airborne).

“I’ve been waiting for that for seven months now, to see my wife and my family,” said Master Sgt. Kyle Harrison, 19th Special Forces (Airborne).

Loved ones came to greet them all the way from Logan, Farrwest, West Jordan, South Jordan, Draper, Alpine, Lehi, Provo, and Spanish Fork.
The soldiers just spent the last seven months in Afghanistan. They’re part of the 19th Special Forces (Airborne). ABC 4 Utah is told they provided support for area security.

“Our job was to train and mentor our Afghan commando counterparts over there,” said Harrison.

Their family and friends said they’re proud of their service for our country, but families are also happy to have them back.

“It’s always a happy day especially to see the children and grand children united with someone they love,” said Major General Jeff Burton, Commander of the Utah Army National Guard.

The soldiers who returned Thursday are part the second wave to come home from the 19th Special Forces. ABC 4 Utah is told the remaining soldiers will return in the next several months.

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