Updated: 06/03/2014 10:31 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 4:53 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
The anticipation of the 849th Mobility Augmentation Company rolling up was almost unbearable for the families who were waiting for them in Litchfield Tuesday.
Suddenly you could hear them before you could see them, and the buses full of soldiers eventually come to a stop.
The 86 soldiers were then welcomed back home as they walked off.
Amongst the crowd was Kim Schwich, who was waiting for her son Robbie Sheets. Eventually she sees him and then they embrace.
"Hi baby," she said.
He's been gone for 11 months. In that time Sheets' company was attacked in the Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. He was one of five injured.
"Honestly these are the phone calls that are kind of like your nightmare to receive," Schwich told us in an interview after that attack in January.
Back to the present, it's all smiles, tears and thanks that her son is home. Sheets is overjoyed.
"It feels good to be home to see my family and I'm glad to see all my friends," he said.
His mom feels the same way. "It's so nice to see him , I'm mean it's unbelievable," she said.
So what is next for Sheets? He says, getting back to civilian life and counting his blessings.
"There's no greater gift than that, to enjoy each day as it comes. I have friends, I have family, I think everyone should feel blessed," Sheets said.
Another soldier from the unit was able to give his 6-year-old son an unexpected birthday gift. Specialist Gary Kirby was wrapped up a big box when his son Derek opened it.
He missed is son's first year of kindergarten. Now, he's looking forward to Wednesday.
"Tomorrow morning, watching cartoons, doing whatever," Kirby said his son's reaction was just what he hoped.