HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Dozens of relatives and friends gathered at the Honolulu International Airport to welcome home a Schofield Barracks soldier who was wounded in Afghanistan in February. Sgt. Chayne Williams is assigned to the 552nd Military Police Company.
"I kind of miss him, excited. It has been awhile since I seen him," said Chayne's father, Amaziah Williams.
Chayne's wife, Courtney, spent three weeks with him at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She wanted to surprise him with a large gathering of family and friends.
"I'm excited for him to see his family welcoming him home because he won't experience the homecoming with his unit in July when they return back from Afghanistan," said Courtney Williams.
When the Schofield soldier finally arrived in Honolulu, he was stunned by all the attention. Everyone eagerly lined up for the emotional reunion.
Williams served two tours in Iraq. His third deployment took him to Kandahar province in Afghanistan. He had been there for seven months and was out on foot patrol when insurgents attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device.
"There was one that went off by my gunner, took him, and it blew me something like 18 feet or something. It just got me all kind of shrapnel wounds to my legs and my butt," said Sgt. Chayne Williams.
"He didn't tell me about his soldier that passed away in that incident. So once when I heard that, I was like heartbroken for the family, for his friends back in Afghanistan, and for him," said Courtney Williams.
The Kailua High School graduate went through a painful recovery. Williams said he wasn't allowed to return to his unit in Afghanistan so he is looking into entering the Army's nursing program. For now, he is just glad to be home surrounded by his loved ones.