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Soldier Returns Home for Christmas After 8 Years

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Rochester: Soldier Returns Home for Christmas After 8 Years
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A U.S. Army Staff Sergeant from Wayne County got a warm welcome home at the Rochester Airport Sunday morning.

Clayton Skubis was joined by his family after being stationed in Okinawa.

It's a homecoming celebration the Skubis family has waited years to have.

"It's a big deal. He's from a big family so he's going to be surrounded by lots of people," said Michele Skubis, Clayton's Mother.

Michele and her family are anxiously awaiting the arrival of her 28-year old son.. a Staff Sergeant in the Army, who's been stationed in Okinawa Japan.

"To have him home for any holiday especially Christmas, that's a gift," said Garrett Skubis, Clayton's Brother.

The family says the soldier hasn't been home for Christmas in eight years.

"Just being my oldest and haven't being able to have him home, it hasn't been Christmas since," said Michele.

Sunday morning the Skubis' Christmas present arrived at the Rochester International Airport after a 25-hour trip from around the world. It's was an emotional reunion that was worth the wait.

"It's nice. It's a good chance of pace. We've been working so crazy hard so I forget about family sometimes, you know what I mean," said Clayton Skubis, U.S. Army Staff Sgt.

Clayton is a Patriot Master Gunner in the Army.
He has spent Christmas overseas since about 2003.

"I thought I'd see some snow. There's no snow out there," said Clayton.

He'll get to spend the next twenty days home with his family and friends in Ontario. For his family, it's a gift that can only be wrapped up in loving arms.

"We're just so happy to have him home," said Michele. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP