Area soldiers begin to come home

The weather was chilly and windy, but the reception several area soldiers received was bright and warm, Wednesday. Over the next three weeks, soldiers returning home from deployment will be dropped off in areas close to home in what Lt. Blake St. Sauver called a “decentralized process.” This, he said, allows soldiers to be dropped off closer to home instead of several hours from home, making it easier on the soldier and on their families. Pictured above at left is Diane Petersen, left, of Elmdale as she welcomed her son, Sgt. Eric Petersen, who left for his second deployment in June 2011, with the I94CAV C-Troop out of Duluth. Petersen was also deployed in the first brigade deployment from 2005 – 2007, 22 months.

Polly Nolan, left, Petersen’s girlfriend, greeted him as well.
in a more subdued fashion, Sgt. Christopher Pink of Little Falls, left, also with the I94CAV C-Troop, was greeted after his third deployment by his cousin, Sgt. Denny Pink. Christopher and Denny were together at one point in Mosul, Iraq, during Denny’s deployment.