Military Members Coming Home for Christmas

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Kim Dubuisson's 20-year-old son, Spec. Justin Hall, is one of the 98 soldiers in the 185th Aviation Brigade, expected home from Iraq the day before Christmas.

"We've had so many kids ask Santa to bring their mom and dad home. We're all so excited that we can't think straight," said Dubuisson.

The unit's commander, Col. Bradly MacNealy, says the soldiers will have a reception at the Raymond Road Armory in Jackson sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., depending on what time the unit arrives.

Since deploying to Iraq last year, the brigade led 10 battalions, two squadrons and five separate aviation companies collectively known as the Task Force 185th Aviation Group.

Military and civilian leaders have praised the soldiers for developing innovative programs while spending much of their free time on Humanitarian causes to help Iraqi children.

Maj. Gen. Harold Cross, Mississippi's adjutant general, said other units that will be home in January also served with distinction.

They are: the 114th Army Liaison Team from Greenville with about 21 members; the 112th Military Police Battalion from Canton with about 58 soldiers; and the 298th Corps Support Battalion in Philadelphia with 71 members.