Nearly 250 Airmen Welcomed Home With Open Arms After Six Month Deployment

By: Winnie Wright Email
By: Winnie Wright Email
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Updated By: Winnie Wright
Updated: April 23, 2014, 5pm

The men and women of the 75th Fighter Squadron and 23d Maintenance Group were welcomed with open arms Tuesday after a six month deployment at Bagram Airfield in Afganistan.

"I think we've been excited since we said goodbye to him. We've been counting down the whole time", said Air Force Wife, Dianne Wright.

Faces lit up across the hangar as the troops deboarded. One airman said his first stop would be his bed, another said Sea World, and the wives... well they were excited for reasons of their own.

"The help with watching the kids! Free time! And I missed him, of course, but I get me time now", says Air Force Wife, Desiree Smith.

Airman Jared Wolf had a very special reunion, as he missed the birth of his daughter Sydney while he was deployed.

"I was trying my darndest to stay awake, sitting in a hallway, hoping the internet wouldn't go out."

Wolf's wife says it's all worth it to see her husband hold their daughter for the first time.

"I'm looking forward to him spending time with his daughter. He's missed four weeks of it.. So, it's time for him to be home and enjoy it."

These families know this won't be the last deployment, but for the time being, they are just happy to have their airmen home.

Moody officials say they plan to welcome home more troops by the end of the week.

By: Winnie Wright
April 22, 2014, 11pm

Tonight has been long awaited for the families of the Air Force's 75th Squadron as they return to Moody Air Force Base from a six-month deployment.

The families of around 250 airmen are gathered on base for a much anticipated welcome home. The men and women of the 75th Fighter Squadron and the 23rd Maintenance Group have returned home from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan to open arms.

Kids were waving flags, and parents were holding signs as nearly 250 airmen stepped off the Boeing 767. Children were yelling for their parents, and spouses and loved ones burst into tears as the airmen made their way through the crowd and into the hangar. The South Georgia All-Stars played the Star-Spangled Banner as families embraced for the first time in six months.

Moody says they have nearly 1,000 airmen deployed around the world at any given time, but for the time being, these families are happy to have their loved ones back in Valdosta.

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