SEVERE WX: Wind Advisory View Alerts

A Homecoming Surprise For A Local Soldier

On Saturday (Feb. 3) a family welcomed home a soldier who spent the last year deployed in the Middle East.It w...

Posted: Feb. 5, 2018 7:55 AM
Updated: Feb. 5, 2018 7:55 AM

On Saturday (Feb. 3) a family welcomed home a soldier who spent the last year deployed in the Middle East.

It was family first as James Haney returned home arriving at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) in Highfill.

Haney's wife Cassie said she knew she wanted to surprise her husband, but didn't really know what to do.

A few months before he returned home, she set up a Facebook event to invite anyone who wanted to see James return home.

Those people showed up at XNA Airport to welcome home the soldier who spent a year searching for explosive devices with his K-9 partner in the Middle East.

This isn't the first time the Haney's have been apart, but Cassie could only describe this past year in one way.

'Um hard. I was a single mom to say the least. So I definitely have respect for single moms out there that don`t have a deadline to look forward to." she said, "I definitely came to my breaking point multiple times, but luckily I had family around so they helped me out."

As for plans? The Haney's said they just plan on spending as much time as they can together.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
42° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 36°
Albert Lea
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 38°
Austin
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 40°
Charles City
Clear
45° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 38°
Rochester
Clear
43° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 38°
It's looking like a sunny and breezy weekend!
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

New building opportunity at an Osage school.

Image

Olmsted County Sheriff's Awards Ceremony.

Image

Spreading light during a dark time.

Image

Students Hosting Podcast

Image

Community Finally Getting a Grocery Store

Image

Free Furnace Program

Image

Costume store closing

Image

Cascade park improvements

Image

Birth control accessibility

Image

Voter security

Community Events