"It's good to be home."

Those were the words of Nick Marsan, a staff sergeant with the Connecticut Army National Guard's 102nd Infantry, spoken moments after landing this morning at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Windsor Locks. Marsan, a father of two, is a Westport firefighter who grew up in Fairfield and graduated from Fairfield Prep.

Hundreds of family and friends gathered in Windsor Locks today for an emotional welcome home for Marsan and approximately 250 troops from the Guard's 1st Battalion, 102nd Infantry and Company F, 186th Brigade Support Battalion, who spent the last year in Afghanistan. Members of the Westport Fire Department also made the drive to welcome him home.

Marsan then went to his family's home in Fairfield, where they enjoyed a home-cooked meal and the comfort knowing he was home safe. It feels like winning the lottery 50 times over, said his mother, Debbie Marsan.