SPRINGER, Okla. -- Several hundred Oklahoma soldiers have just arrived home in time to spend Christmas with their families. In October, members of the 1245th headed off to Fort Bliss, Texas. After months of training, one soldier is back in Springer with his family on Christmas Eve.
Private First Class Cody Pinkerton joined the 1245th this year because he felt a need to defend our country. This holiday season Pinkerton is thankful he can spend ten days with his family before going to Iraq.
Pinkerton is one of the 2,600 National Guardsmen that came home this weekend after three months of training in Fort Bliss, Texas. Back in October, members of the 1245th were given a big send-off in Madill.
Pinkerton says being home for the next ten days will allow him to take a break from the rigors of training before leaving for Iraq.
"It’s a relief of big pressure to be able to come back," Cody says.
His family is excited to have their solider home for the holidays.
"For them to be able to come back for Christmas time, it just means that much more." Cody’s mom, Dana McDaniel, says.
"It’s exciting to have him home for Christmas he can open presents with us." Cody’s sister, Ashley McDaniel, says.
Just like other Oklahoma National Guardsmen, Pinkerton will return to Fort Bliss, Texas, on January 2 and then leave for Iraq at the end of the month.