WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Soldiers with the 8th Human Resources Sustainment Center (HRSC) traded the sandstorms of Kuwait for the sandy beaches of Hawaii as they returned home, Sept. 26.

At the redeployment ceremony, family members and friends welcomed the more than 80 Soldiers who spent the last 14 months at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

"I am so excited that the Soldiers and my husband are finally coming home," said Ana Sena, wife of Lt. Col. John Sena, director of the 8th HRSC. "The unit has been wonderful and the 8th (Theater Sustainment Command) has been phenomenal with their support for the families."

The 8th HRSC is a unique center comprised of five distinct personnel sections, including postal, plans and operations, casualty reporting, personnel accounting, and strength reporting.

It was the first unit of its kind activated in support of the global war on terrorism.

"When I raised my hand for this deployment, I knew this team was going to be successful," said 8th HRSC Command Sgt. Maj. Ruben Cavazos. "We consisted of a very seasoned and experienced group of officers and noncommissioned officers that took on every challenge placed in front of them."

"I could not be more proud of them," he added.

The Soldiers of the 8th HRSC played a vital and diverse role, simultaneously providing casualty reporting, reception of troops into theater, redeployment of units, and management of rest and recuperation leave, as well as processing absentee ballots and handling the holiday mail surge.