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Black Hawk pilot returns home from first tour

Local officials greet soldier on Veterans Day weekend

U.S. Army pilot Maj. Chris Buck gets a special welcome home gift from his 5-year-old daughter Emily on his return to his home in Roswell after a tour of duty in Iraq. Kelly Brooks/Staff. (click for larger version)
November 23, 2011
ROSWELL, Ga. -- Christmas came early for 37-year-old Maj. Chris Buck, a Georgia National Guardsman and Black Hawk helicopter pilot.

Buck returned home Nov. 12 Veterans Day weekend from a one-year tour at Camp Speicher in Northern Iraq. Shortly after Buck's arrival, his 5-year-old daughter, Emily, presented him with a small wooden Black Hawk model.

Emily smiled as she handed the welcome-home present to her father, then threw her arms up in celebration when after a brief pause, she passed her dad's pop quiz on the chopper's name.

Family, friends and local officials greeted Buck as he pulled up to his Creekside subdivision house, where a welcome-home banner sat at the front of the neighborhood and miniature American flags lined the street.

Buck joined the Georgia National Guard six years ago following a seven-year stint with the U.S. Army. This was his first tour. He served as brigade assistant operations officer at Camp Speicher.

Roswell City Councilwoman Betty Price, state Sen. John Albers and former Roswell City Council candidate Mike Nyden welcomed Buck home with framed letters from U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, U.S. Rep. Tom Price and Gov. Nathan Deal.

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