Hundreds of people, including Governor Jay Nixon, were present to celebrate the return of the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade.  More than 120 members of the Sedalia-based National Guard Unit have spent the past several months in Kuwait.

Kelly Hoelscher said her husband, Captain Brian Hoelscher, was gone for about 12 months.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Kelly Hoelscher:

Kelly Hoelscher

“It’s a wonderful feeling.  I still can’t believe that he’s home,” said Hoelscher, “Words cannot express or describe how I feel right now.”

Hoelscher said her 6- and 3-year-old children are thrilled to have their dad home, but if he is called away again the family will be ready.

The event was held at 10:30 a.m. at the Matthewson Exhibition Center on the State Fair Grounds in Sedalia.