Marine with the Bravo Company holds daughter for the first time
NEAR SELAH, Wash-- It was back in April when the Bravo Company left the Yakima Training Center for service in the Middle East, now they're back, reunited with their families and friends.
Baby Cadence was born in July while her father, Andrew Ranson, was serving in Iraq. He'll hold her for the first time Friday.
"My dad's gonna see me standing on this?" asked Cameron Ranson, Andrew's four-year-old son. "Yup he'll see you," replied Michelle Ranson, Andrew's wife.
Over 100 soldiers with the Fourth Tank Battalion's Bravo Company returned home safe, reaching anxious arms here in Yakima. While in Iraq the soldiers protected convoys. Their tour was shortened, bringing the marines home several months ahead of schedule.
For Lance Corporal Ranson that means the joy of finally getting to meet Cadence.
"It's awesome. It's awesome to finally be home and hold her," said Ranson.
Bravo Company is made up of soldiers from all over the Northwest. Some families drove all night to be here today. But, that's nothing compared to the 22-hour trip the soldiers took to get home.
Ranson knows exactly what he's going to do now that he's stateside.
"Pry sleep, relax, grow my hair out. Spend time with my family. I'm done working for a while. I've had one day off since we've been here," said Ranson.