It's a happy homecoming for the last members of the 28th Aviation Brigade of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion returned to the states after serving for nine months in Southern Iraq. For Sergeants Richard and Melissa Thompson, serving together meant being together, but not really.

It was kisses and hugs for members of the 2-104th General Support Aviation Battalion. A happy homecoming for all, including two sergeants serving together.

"Everybody is like, I miss my wife, she is back in the states, but she is two feet away and I can't even hold her hand," said Sgt. Richard Thompson.

Sergeants Richard and Melissa Thompson got married in October of 2008, just weeks before deploying to Iraq. The couple, spending their first year of marriage in the hot, sweaty trenches of the desert.

"It makes you miss home a lot even though we are together," Sgt. Richard Thompson said.

"It's so strange now. After a year of seeing brown, the colors, all the different colors, and not just brown," said Sgt. Melissa Thompson.

"It's a lot colder but it's so nice," Sgt. Richard Thompson said.

The Brigade has trickled back from Iraq for the past several weeks, with this group of 60, ending the largest combat deployment for the Pennsylvania National Guard since World War II.

"It's so good to be home," said Sgt. Richard Thompson.

With this final formation, and a salute from their superiors, the group huddles up one last time. And even though the Thompson's have been together the past year, they will leave the Gap, with their eye on one final destination.

"We're going to finally take our honeymoon to Hawaii. More sand with a little bit of beach attached to it," said Sgt. Richard Thompson.

Part of the returning group was Lt. Colonel Scott Perry. Perry, serves in the State House of Representatives, as a Republican from Dillsburg. Right now, the future of his seat is unknown.