Squadron Returns Home

By: Dontaye Carter Email
By: Dontaye Carter Email

"What's the first thing you want to do when you see her?"

"Grab her and not let go for a little bit."

For Jared Albright he's been waiting four months for his wife to return home.

She is part of the 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

The crew of 50 is responsible for making sure the search and rescue helicopters are fully operational for missions.

Since she's been gone Albright's played the role of both parents. And he says waiting on her return is like playing for a big game.

"I play sports so like that moment before a game, it's kind of the same thing, you get the same butterflies," said Albright.

The feeling isn't any different for Jasmine McCollough, who anxiously awaited her husband's arrival.

"It hasn't been too bad but I just can't wait till he comes home. I'm ready," said McCollough.

And that moment couldn't have come soon enough.

When her husband Noah McCollough stepped off the bus you could feel the emotion.

"I'm happy. I don't have any words. I really don't. I'm excited," said the Sergeant's Wife.

"I'm definitely ecstatic. It's something that I really can't describe. I've been waiting four months, since the day I left," said Staff Sergeant McCollough.

And so was Albright and his wife.

"It's great. It's fantastic," said Albright. "The little man loves it too."

"It's great. It's the second time I had to leave him," said Tech Sergeant Albright. "But hopefully I get to stay home for awhile."

Albright says now that his wife is back they'll begin working on adding to their family.


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