A motorcade escorted Army Private 1st Class Todd Moeller to a party in Des Plaines Monday. The Arlington Heights native had been serving in Iraq from February through November.
The soldier says the party was a complete surprise, and he's happy to be home.
"Coming home is just a very warm feeling, knowing that people support you, and they did a very good job at what they did," Moeller said.
The party was both a welcome home and a goodbye for Moeller. He returns to Ft. Hood on Thursday to finish the last two years of his service term.