JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM (HawaiiNewsNow) - Fifty Schofield Barracks soldiers who were part of the last troops to leave Iraq arrived home in Hawaii Sunday evening.
The Hawaii Air National Guard C-17 "The Spirit of Kamehameha" carrying the soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam at 5:20 p.m. The troops left Iraq and met the plane at an undisclosed location. The C-17 made a refueling stop in Okinawa before returning to Honolulu.
The first service member off the plane was 25th Infantry Division commander Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux.
The soldiers then boarded two buses, which brought them to Wheeler Army Air Field for a reunion with their families and friends.
The C-17 also included Hawaii News Now's Teri Okita and photographer Brenton Awa. They will have more details on the return, while Minna Sugimoto will have highlights of the soldiers' arrival at Wheeler AAF on Hawaii News Now at 9 and 10.
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