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Kansas Guard soldiers returning from Kosovo

May 14, 2010


Kansas soldiers return from Kosovo

Soldiers with the Kansas National Guard returned to Lawrence from their tour of duty in Kosovo. The military members were happy to be back in the arms of caring loved ones. Enlarge video

— Warm hugs and big smiles lit up the room at the Kansas National Guard Armory in Lawrence Friday morning as families welcomed home soldiers from a deployment to Kosovo.

The 21 soldiers of the Kansas National Guard returned home after eight months on a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, where they conducted patrols to ensure the safety and security of the region.

Spc. Hatsady Rasphangthong summed up the feelings of many soldiers.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Huslig, of Eudora, hugs three of his children Friday at the Kansas National Guard Armory in Lawrence. Huslig just returned from an eight-month peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and is eager to get on with his civilian life.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Huslig, of Eudora, hugs three of his children Friday at the Kansas National Guard Armory in Lawrence. Huslig just returned from an eight-month peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and is eager to get on with his civilian life.

“It feels great,” he said. “Actually, it’s a mixture of excitement and anxiety.”

His wife, Valerie, said it was nice to have him back after being by herself for so long.

“I think the webcam helped a lot,” she said, saying they were typically able to keep up almost every day over the Internet.

The ceremony itself was short; the soldiers didn’t travel all this way to listen to speeches, Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson pointed out.

In addition to Parkinson, Maj. Gen. Tod Bunting, adjutant general of the Kansas National Guard, also welcomed the soldiers home and thanked them for their service.

Parkinson said he and others are “extremely appreciative” of the work they do.

“You, your families, your kids, your grandkids, will always know you served your country with great distinction,” Parkinson said. “That’s something you can always be proud of.”

The soldiers now begin a transition back to their lives in this country. For Rasphangthong, that means work at the Federal Reserve in Kansas City.

For Staff Sgt. Christopher Huslig, it’ll be back to setting up road construction zones, and reintegrating himself into the lives of his four children.

When asked to describe his emotions upon returning home after the eight-month deployment, Huslig paused for a moment.

“I don’t know that you can describe it,” he said. “You are excited, you’re a little nervous and you’re a lot scared.”

Excited, obviously, to be home and back with family, but nervous about how the process will go after being gone so long.

“They’ve changed a lot,” he said of his children.

His sister, Donna Foster, had been watching them while he was away. She said that everyone was glad to have him back.

“All of the baseball games have been rained out,” she said. “So he hasn’t had to miss any games.”


parsimoniousjayhawker 7 years, 10 months ago

21, you incompetent idiot....2nd paragraph of the story...and its an Associated Press article, none the less...geez!!!!

IndusRiver 7 years, 10 months ago

Wasn't it just stupid to have gone in the first place? The world wasn't at war with us until international law was set aside to accomodate the Bush regime. Storming into sovereign nations around the world and murdering their people because an idiot told you to is nothing to be proud of. You've done nothing but carry out wanton mass murder.

Returning in a box would have allowed this country to feel a lot better about days like these.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 10 months ago

The political decision may have been stupid, and I tend to agree with that.

However, it is stupid to take the opportunity to welcome the soldiers home and shine the light away from their honor to make your political position about bush.

This is their moment, they are heroes and should only be applauded at this moment.

impska 7 years, 10 months ago

Our role (and that of many other UN affiliated countries) in Kosovo pre-dates Bush. The United States did not invade "the sovereign nation" of Kosovo - Serbia did that. NATO intervened due to widespread reports of crimes against humanity.

The UN continues to be involved in Kosovo in order to protect its people from further disputes over its sovereignty.

The mass murders, mass rapes, mass expulsions and attempts at genocide were committed by Milosevic and his cronies - Bush's role in them (as governor of Texas) was non-existent.

I guess it's more fun to blame Bush for all of the troubles of the world than to actually know what's going on.

IndusRiver 7 years, 10 months ago

There is no Taliban or al-queda out there who want to destroy us. The destruction of this country has occurred and continues to occur from inside this country. Fools - the Taliban didn't write the Patriot Act, etc.

IndusRiver 7 years, 10 months ago

And no jet plane was flown into the Pentagon, either, because no jet plane was ever recovered from the Pentagon.


ivalueamerica 7 years, 10 months ago

wow, you are ignorant to pretend that there were not thousands of witnesses. Or insane.

IndusRiver 7 years, 10 months ago

That's allright Snap - you're taking a long enough nap for the both of us and then some.

Kyle Reed 7 years, 10 months ago

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IndusRiver 7 years, 10 months ago

If history were recorded by Akreed, imagine what a whopping record of lies and distortions it would be. But then when Akreed does appear it's only to confirm he's passionately anti-American and likes it that way.

BalkansHawk 7 years, 10 months ago

Did you ever serve your country? Either you did not, or you did not have a good experience if you did. When I say a good experience, I did not mean a great time. I meant that you did something that you were proud of, regardless of what events put you there. You were asked by your government to do a job, a job that today is done by an all voluntary group of individuals, and you did it to the best of your ability. Right or wrong, just or unjust, you did what you were asked to do. I am proud to be an American, and I am proud of our military personnel. Do a little research and read about the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan. I will give you a little summary: A platoon of soldiers had been given a mission to set up a combat outpost with only two weeks before they were to rotate back to the States after serving fifteen plus months in country. They were attacked by 200 Taliban militia with small arms fire, heavy machine gun fire, RPGs and mortar rounds. Outnumbered 4 to 1, they fought a fierce battle without wavering. Three hours later, nine American soldiers had lost their lives and most of the remaining were injured during the attack. There is a lot more that I have left out, but the bottom line is, they did a thankless job, or at least a thankless job when they have to listen to someone like you that rants anti war rhetoric. Enjoy your time here in the USA. Without our military men and women, you would be in a far worse place.

BalkansHawk 7 years, 10 months ago

One more thing, KFOR12 soldiers, thank you for your service.

Bridge 7 years, 10 months ago

Welcome back! I myself will be back in another 60 days, Give or take. The Kansas Guard is out in more than one place. I think the loved ones we leave at home have it just as hard as we do. Some of us going from a Mom and Dad to a single parent roll. It is not easy, either way you look at it. So if you see someone in a uniform and thank him or her. Do not forget to thank the spouse next to them. They have had some hardships also.

BalkansHawk 7 years, 10 months ago


You are correct. The NCOs are the backbone of the Army, but the Army spouses are the backbone of the NCOs. My wife was a rock when I was gone. Raising our four sons without an extra hand was quite a feat. Very courageous. Much like my oldest sister who raised two boys by herself for twenty years. Unfortunately, she passed away while I was deployed. What many people don't think about, when we are deployed, our families are so far away, and when something bad happens, we are often not able to get home in time to help. Our shift took over 160 Red Cross messages in the 9 months we were in country. Some of them were wonderful (birth of a child), but most of them were tough (parents killed in car crash, house burned down, teenage son critically injured in car crash, tornado wiped out home, home burglarized, spouse in financial distress, and so on). Once again KFOR12, glad to have you home and thank you for your service.

Jean1183 7 years, 10 months ago

Welcome home! Thank you for serving our country!!!

Mike Ford 7 years, 10 months ago

let's see, Russia pulls out of Yugoslavia, Serbs seek veageance on Croats and Albanians and massacre whole villages and do systematic rapings with support of Slobodan Milosovic due in part to Serbs bad treatment at the hands of Croats and Nazis in WW II. Two wrongs aren't right. The whole Christian versus Muslim thing is there too. Milosovic is taken to the Hague and countries are occupied to stop wanton genocide. Dumblicans don't want public to know about good things Clinton did in the world. They want to be Dumblican isolationists unless Cheney's and Bush's oil is threatened. Just like WW One. U.S. wanted world trade and isolationism at the same time, really? and ironically WW One started with Serbians like Princeps assasinating Archduke Ferdinand and Sophia in 1914.

devobrun 7 years, 10 months ago

Look at the face of sergeant Huslig. That is a happy, proud and satisfied man. How can you guys engage in politics when viewing a face like that?

Deja Coffin 7 years, 10 months ago

Welcome home to all of the soldiers and thank you for serving our country!

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