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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A Youngstown correctional officer is welcomed home with a celebration after serving her second tour of duty overseas.

Officer Casey Harrell was surprised by her co-workers and family at the CCA's Northeast Ohio Correctional Center Tuesday afternoon.

The U.S. Army Ohio National Guard soldier returned from her deployment to Afghanistan earlier this month.

Harrell says serving our country has helped her strengthen her skills for her job back home. She says the most challenging part of her deployment was the transition from leaving her family to forming a new one while she was away from home.

"You leave your family, you make a new family and you have to leave them and come back and I thought it was going to be a harder transition, but with all the support I've had, it's been wonderful,it's like I never even left," Harrell says.

Harrell says she worked with security forces in Afghanistan, where she enjoyed her opportunities to take on more leadership roles. 

Friends and family enjoyed a patriotic themed lunch featuring Harrell's local favorites at the party. Harrell joined the correctional center in June of 2011.

 

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