NEWARK, N.J. (CBS 2) – After 11 years away, an army staff sergeant finally came home for the holidays.

Army Staff Sgt. Anthony Oliveira spent Christmas day with his family in Newark after 11 years of deployment.

He did two tours of duty in Iraq followed by a recent six month deployment in South Korea. Now after missing birthdays and all the holidays, he’s finally home.

“Between Alaska, Germany, California, two tours of Iraq, it feels good,” Oliveira said.

He won’t be home for long though. He heads back to South Korea in January for another six month tour of duty.

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