During the minutes leading up to the return of seven 195th Forward Support Company (Special Operations) (Airborne) Soldiers to the North Omaha Readiness Center after a six-month deployment overseas, it almost looked as though the families might have gotten the wrong address for the evening ceremony.
Typically, for most unit welcome homes, parking lots are filled with anxious families and friends, sometimes hours before the scheduled arrival.
However, the families of the 195th FSC Soldiers could be forgiven for waiting up until the last 10 minutes or so to arrive in force in front of the North Omaha Readiness Center on a beautiful, crisp April 12 evening. This wasn’t their first rodeo, so to speak.
Take Jamie Wortman, for example. Arriving at the parking lot about 15 minutes before the expected arrival of her husband with her two young children, parents and “a couple of siblings,” Jamie said in order to keep the anxiousness to a minimum, she held off arriving at the parking lot too early while also waiting to tell daughter, Reece, and son, Mack, until the last minute that their father, Sgt. 1st Class Greg Wortman, was coming home.
“They just found out when we got here because I knew they would be all over the place if I told them sooner,” said Jamie, smiling as she watched as her two children play tag with each other and the other extended family members. “They’re very, very excited.”