Ricks was joined by his wife Heather and two children. He had been deployed for a year overseas with the Utah Army National Guard.
“Our main job was air dropping supplies to bases all over Afghanistan,” he said.
The homecoming is extra special for the Sergeant First Class. He had been deployed twice before, but this is the first time he is coming home to a wife and children.
His wife Heather said the year was not as challenging as she thought it would be.
“We’re just so glad that he’s home and he’s safe,” she said.
Heather reached out to Eagle Mountain City for her husband’s homecoming. The city allowed the family to ride in a fire truck during a procession down Ranches Parkway and Pony Express until they reached City Hall.
A city spokeswoman said it does not matter if a group of soldiers return home or just one, they will support the troops.
Children and adults waved American flags along the procession route, including students from Ranches Academy.
Ricks was welcomed home by his family at Salt Lake International Airport on Thursday night.
“It was really nice to have everyone there waiting for me,” he said.
The family plans to spend a couple of days relaxing before traveling to Disneyland for a much needed vacation.
“It’s just so great to have the support and the community come together,” Heather added. “People really do care.”