Family, friends and loved ones of U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 309 received an early Christmas present.
And so did the family, friends and loved ones of the members of Delta Company 1st Battalion 148th Infantry of the Ohio Army National Guard.
The 150 or so members of PSU 309 came home earlier than expected from a deployment in Kuwait, where they were sent to protect "high value assets against terrorist activity."
Delta Company members left for Fort Hood in Texas in January. After about three months of training, they departed for the Middle East. Based out of Kuwait, the 148th Infantry had a risky job. They served as an escort for other units in Iraq.
PSU 309, which left the states in June and is based in Port Clinton, was not scheduled to return until May. But a change in plans allowed them to return just in time for Christmas.