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Kansas City, Mo. – Army Sergeant Isaac Jackson's body was met by family and friends on a wind swept air park at KCI. The Clinton County Missouri soldier was one of seven colleagues killed in an Afghanistan roadside bomb attack.

Parents, in-laws, wife and young son met the small jetliner that delivered his body.

Jackson's army friend, Staff Sergeant John Phillips flew from Belgium to be with the widow, Kristen, due to deliver a daughter next month.

The support he and army friends offered was returned in kind, he said "Absolutely, she's mourning and she's grieving. But I don't need to tell her anything she doesn't already know and she's been supporting us more than we could have asked."

Sergeant Jackson's family was among those greeted and consoled by President Obama when bodies of loved one's arrived at Dover Air Base , Delaware a week before the soldier's remains were flown home.

At KCI, standing quietly at back of the crowd, saying nothing except to family, was Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

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