60 returning Ariz. soldiers get warm welcome home


by Tami Hoey


Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 20 at 12:58 PM

MESA, Ariz. -- It was an emotional homecoming for 60 Arizona soldiers who returned home to their families Tuesday.

The 56th Military Police Company, a United States Army Reserve unit from Mesa, returned from Afghanistan after almost a year-long deployment.

The 56th MP Company is comprised of several different units that were brought together to provide security forces for the coalition and U.S. forces to operate. The mission also involved helping locals to establish better networks and greater independence, so U.S. troops can come home sooner.

Some of the returning soldiers Tuesday got to meet their new babies for the first time. "Shortly after we found out I was pregnant, we found out he was getting deployed," said Tiffany Lysne.

Tiffany and her new daughter Paisley Mae waited eagerly for dad to arrive.
They were among the dozens of family members who lined up with signs, flowers and balloons at ASU's Poly Tech campus in Mesa. They anxiously waited for the soldiers to pull up on a bus from Fort Bliss, Texas.

"It's been tough," said another new mom. "But he finally gets to come home, and he gets to meet his daddy."

The solider were greeted with cheers, hugs and tears of joy.

"It's beyond words the way you feel when you come home," one solider told us. "It's a little overwhelming. It's just good to be back."