Nevada Army Guard soldiers return home from Puerto Rico

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Four Nevada Army National Guard soldiers returned home on December 1, 2017, after helping with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

The soldiers may have been back in the silver state, but it didn't take long to see the impact the mission had on them.

"It changed me as a person," said Sgt. First Class Ronald Seagraves, Nevada Army National Guard.

Back in September, a group left for Puerto Rico to provide communication. They took with them the Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) package, which is described by some as a big self-contained Wi-Fi hot spot for the people and first responders.

When they turned it on, Seagraves was surprised by the reaction from the locals.

"To see their faces light up when almost 200 to 500 messages came on their phones, grown men crying because of family. It was very amazing," said Sgt. First Class Seagraves.

Out of the four soldiers that returned home, two were from the Las Vegas and the other two were from the Reno area.