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Hurlburt Field airmen return home


HURLBURT FIELD - Nearly 200 airmen returned home from overseas today at Hurlburt Field. As you can imagine, there were a lot of emotional reunions and smiling faces.

A little girl played in the arms of her father. A mom smiled as she held her daughter. A young boy sat on his dad's shoulders.

Everywhere you looked, there were kisses and hugs, lots and lots of hugs.

"It's awesome to be back and see my family," said Air Force Captain Dave Gibbons, "It's been a long time."
   
Like all of the troops we spoke with, Gibbons just got back from Afghanistan. He'd been stationed there for the last three-and-a-half-months and is happy to be home with his daughter.

"She wants to go to a tea party," Gibbons said, while holding her, "So we're getting ready for that."

"It's good to see the family again," said Captain Mark Wulf, "I haven't seen my kids in four months."

Wulf and his wife say he missed out on some big moments.

"My daughter started walking while I was gone so it's nice to see her walk to me," Wulf said.

Quincy McElhinny-Simon is the son of an airman, and he's like a lot of military family members.

Quincy said, "I'm just really happy now!" and that knowing his dad is home from Afghanistan is a big relief.

"It's kind of nerve-wracking not knowing what's gonna happen," said Quincy, "I was really nervous the whole time."

"You worry. You hear things in the news," said Kris Unkel, who knows how Quincy feels.
   
While her husband and other airmen went through some administrative procedures, she told us what it was like to have a loved-one in harm's way.

"You try not to think about it," said Unkel, "You try to move on and go through day-to day because you know if he's not safe you're gonna hear something."

"There's not gonna be as much stress!" said Quincy, "It's really great being able to see him again."