WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Troops Arrive Home For Family, Friends... And Food

Play associated audio
Families are awaiting the troops' arrival from Afghanistan.
Markette Smith
Families are awaiting the troops' arrival from Afghanistan.

It's home for the holidays for 1,200 D.C. Air Guardsmen who make up the 113th Wing. They arrived at Joint Base Andrews from Afghanistan Friday morning, and one of the things topping their list after seeing their families, is having a healthy, delicious meal.

Some look tired, and some looked hungry, but all looked happy and relieved to be home.

"It feels great to home," says Chief Master Sergeant Tony Russell. "My whole family came out, my neighbors everybody came out to welcome me home."

After reuniting with his family, Russell says having a good ol' American meal is next on his agenda.

For months, he and other troops have lived on nothing but military rations known as M.R.Es or Meals Ready to Eat. Chief Master Sergeant Kevin Kling says now that he's safely home, he's ready to eat his favorite indulgence: beer and wings!

Both airmen say they're also looking forward to a traditional Christmas dinner.

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
NPR

Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
NPR

Obama Remembers Scalia As 'Consequential,' Vows To Appoint Replacement

President Obama struck a somber tone, remembering the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a "towering legal mind" who influenced a generation, but made it clear, he intends to replace him.
NPR

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.