More than 100 soldiers welcomed home after serving in Afghanistan

Kali Partaka reunites with her husband

UPDATE: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.

According to the Gladwin Record & Beaverton Clarion, Jason Partaka must consider himself one of the luckiest men in the world right now.

Just four days after coming home to his wife and family, he is now welcoming home a brand new baby boy.


By NBC25 TMs Miranda Richardson:

There's truly no place like home for a soldier who's been serving overseas.

More than 100 soldiers were greeted by their loved ones Friday night at Handy Middle School in Bay City.

One soldier is expecting a big surprise this Father's Day.

This year, Gladwin resident Kali Partaka has experienced a lot of intense emotions.

"It's been very emotional trying to take care of a two and a half year old, plus be pregnant the whole time," said Gladwin resident Kali Partaka.

But Friday, her worries came to an end as she joyfully embraced her husband after he served in Afghanistan for nearly a year.

Sgt. Jason Partaka had been serving overseas with the Army Reserve TMs 919 Inland Cargo Transportation Company.

"It's a lot of pressure, and it's a lot of emotional stress, but as a soldier you learn to deal with it," said Sgt. Jason Partaka.

Partaka has also learned to deal with the excitement of a new baby on the way.

His wife Kali is due any minute now, and a new baby boy may be in store for Father TMs Day.

When the doctors told me I was dilated, I told the baby he had to wait," said Kali.

Kali says she TMs been able to get through her pregnancy without Jason, through the support of her family.

"I've stayed at my parent TMs house more times than I've stayed at my own house," said Kali.

Thankful for technology, the family has been able to keep Jason up to date through Facebook and Skype.

"Years before, you didn't get that with a soldier, said Jason TMs mother-in-law, Janice Willford.

Partaka TMs 2-year-old daughter Brooklyn has even Skyped with her Dad overseas.

"One day she saw him on Skype, he was getting ready to work and she said, oh daddy's going hunting?" said Wilford.

Sgt. Partaka says coming home from his second deployment felt much better knowing he had a family of his own, waiting for him at home.

The 919th was called to active duty last year, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Their mission was to run the Central Receiving and Shipping Point Yard on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

By NBC25 TMs Miranda Richardson