National Guard members reunite with family, friends in Ada after 9 months in Kuwait

ADA, Okla. (KXII) - Members of the Oklahoma National Guard 1245th Transportation Company arrived in Ada Friday morning after serving nine months in Kuwait.

However, it has been even longer for Megan Hatter who was waiting to reunite with her husband, Zachary.

"Excitement, nervous, just going over my head what I'm going to do," Hatter said. "Throw my arms around him, not let him go."

Hatter said she is also in the Oklahoma National Guard and her deployment to Afghanistan in 2017 overlapped with her husband's, meaning they had not seen each other for 18 months.

Hatter said the last year and half has been tough, being newly married before her deployment and not seeing her husband when she returned.

"Being able to support him from a distance and knowing what it's like, having been deployed myself, makes it easier but not easier," Hatter said.

However, the longer wait made the reunion that much sweeter.

"I can't even explain how I feel right now," Zachary said. "Just crazy."

"Just a rush of excitement," Megan added.

Capt. Warren Queton, the company leader, said the 1245th served in four different countries, supporting two military operations and completing more than 600 missions.

"So that's really a testament to the training, the proficiency of these of troops," Queton said.

The Hatters said they plan to go back to their home in Altus and spend the Memorial Day weekend together after being apart for so long.

"We knew it was going to be hard at first but it was really hard and it's paid off now," Zachary said. "It's done."

The members of the 1245th will will have about a month and half of leave before returning to duty.