Pittsburg marine comes home for New Years

December 30, 2009 10:10:28 AM PST
He missed Christmas, but a Pittsburg marine will get to ring in the New Year with his family.

SSgt. Ramiro Hurtado, 27, arrived at Oakland International Airport this evening.

Hurtado has been in Afghanistan since May on his third tour of duty in a war zone.

He says it is going well over there and seemed a bit surprised by the big welcome he received.

"I didn't know when I was coming back. I tried to tell them as soon as I got the word. I even changed when I did get the word. It's getting better; it's getting a lot better. Things are looking good up there and we're making a difference," says Hurtado.

Hurtado gets to spend two weeks at home, then he is back to Afghanistan to finish his tour.


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