HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - For the friends and family of members of the 29th Combat Aviation Brigade, it's been a long twelve months of waiting. Thursday morning, they waited for the last time at Huntsville International Airport, this time to see their loved ones return home at long last.
Specialists Landyn Masoner, Blake Sanders, and Clint Davis returned home after a year serving in Afghanistan.
"It's kind of overwhelming. At first it's a lot to take in but it's great to be back," said Sanders. "It's been a long year but it's finally over."
Masoner and Davis have been friends since the 5th grade. They met Sanders during basic training. This was their first tour of duty, and their families hope it will be their last.
Davis was greeted by his wife, Ashli, and three-year-old son Eli.
"Eli's grown so much," said Davis. "I marked a spot on my leg of how tall he was when I left. Now he's way past it."
A flight delay in Chicago left other families waiting to greet their husbands, boyfriends, and sons. An hour later the flight arrived, and the servicemen were greeted with tears of joy.
One soldier saw his son for only the second time since he was born. Another greeted his wife and 11 month old daughter, who he last saw when she was born.