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No More Charter Flights for Soldiers on Leave

Posted: Updated: - Large homecomings may come to an end for deployed U.S. soldiers heading home for R&R due to the new way they will travel.

The Pentagon says soldiers will now fly on commercial flights rather than charter flights on leave. The change will not only save the Army money, it will also increase the flights available and reduce travel time for soldiers.

However, one local soldier who flew on the final charter flight says with R&R soldiers scattered on different commercial flights, she is afraid they will lose the large welcoming they used to receive.

"I've been on commercial flights as an individual before... You're not given the greetings like we have had as we have had today," said Prosser native Sgt. Michelle Shaw.

So if you happen to see a soldier in uniform flying next to you, welcome them home and thank them for their service. If everyone did this, the welcoming would be much larger than any gathering organized for one charter flight.