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Hawaii National Guard Troops Back Home

First Sergeant Stephanie Hika was given the opportunity to interview her family and fellow soldiers back home. First Sergeant Stephanie Hika was given the opportunity to interview her family and fellow soldiers back home.

(KHNL) - The last Hawaii Army National Guard unit stationed in a battle zone returned to Hawaii early Tuesday morning.

The 100 soldiers finished a year-long deployment in Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"It was a long year," said Spc. Briana Navarro-Young. "A lot of work, but it was good."

The group included those from the 298th Engineers, who helped build and repair buildings, and the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, who served as journalists.

First Sergeant Stephanie Hika was given the opportunity to interview her family and fellow soldiers back home.

"So how was the year for you sweetheart?" she asked husband Gregory Hika, also a sergeant with the Hawaii National Guard.

"The year was absolutely wonderful," he said. "I have two wonderful children and I have a lovely wife who is home for good."

Hika also got a chance to see how her children got through the deployment.

"And how was your year without mom?" she asked.

"Awesome," joked Grace Hika. "But I missed you."

"It was okay, but it'd be better with you," said Monica Hika.

More than 60 of the soldiers who returned this morning are stationed in Hawaii.

The others are from Guam and Alaska.

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