HARTSELLE, Ala. (WZDX) - The 152nd Military Police Company returned home to the Sparkman Civic Center in Hartselle on Wednesday.
"Glad the city came out to support us. Even when we left, they really supported us, had all our family and friends here" says Joseph Hardin with the 152nd.
Hardin and 128 men and women with the unit spent almost a year providing security at two military bases in Southwest Asia. The unit was deployed last June out the Hartselle armory that has now moved to Decatur.
"Nothing can express how happy we are. The anticipation of him coming home after not seeing him for 12 months is just so exciting" says Hardin's wife Brandi.
After greeting friends and family, the company was honored during a welcome home ceremony. Sgt. Corey Cato with the 152nd was called on stage. Cato asked his girlfriend Laura Cross to come on stage with him. Cato then got down on one knee and asked Cross to marry him. Cross replied "Yes."
"Best day of my life" says Cross. "I'm overwhelmed"
Cato had been planning the marriage proposal for the past month.
"It was a perfect day coming home" says Cato. "Seeing my whole family, having her here. It was perfect. That's the best way to describe it."