(KHNL) Wahiawa - Soldiers returning from in their mission in Iraq were helped by high tech communication. It didn't help on the front lines, but rather here in Hawaii on the home front.
The smiles say it all, its the end of a long 12 month deployment for 100 Schofield soldiers who were stationed in Iraq. They supported the troops fighting in the War on Terror, a difficult mission. But this deployment has also been difficult on the soldier's families. "I spent 8 years in the Marine Corp, then rode bulls professionally for 2 years when I got out. But when my wife was deployed, I took the responsibility of being a stay at home parent and it's the hardest thing I've done." says Mitch Dasher, the husband of a 524th Combat Service Sustainment Battalion Soldier.
This deployment is especially hard on the soldier's youngest supporters.
"I'm waiting for my dad, he's been in Iraq." says seven year old, David Poncio.
"Whenever I missed him, I started crying a little." adds his sister, Patricia.
"The one that took this the hardest, is David, he would cry every night." says Poncio's mom Chrissy.
But modern technology made this overseas deployment a little easier for some. "We would set up certain times where we would webcam and instant message and then at other times we would use the phone, so we always kept in touch." says Dasher.
And while nothing can compare to getting arms around loved ones,
"Being gone from my family for so long has been hard on me." says David Poncio, a US Army Soldier, now with his arms full of kids.
For some, this well connected Army made their middle east mission, bearable.
"While I was gone, she grew up , she was a baby when I left, so the webcam and talking and calling helped me tremendously." says Tina Dasher, an Army Specialist, surrounded by her family.