More Airmen Return from Afghanistan
Posted at: 10/25/2012 3:16 AM
| Updated at: 10/25/2012 9:23 AM
About 175 airmen returned to Duluth early Thursday morning, after a two and a half month deployment in Afghanistan.
Hundreds of loved ones packed into a waiting area. Children with pajamas on eagerly looked around for a glimpse of Daddy or Mommy.
One pregnant woman brought a box of balloons for her husband to open. A bunch of blue balloons flew out, showing Staff Sgt. Kevin Johnson they are going to have a baby boy. Many surrounding the couple got to see the joy in their faces when the two were reunited in this way.
There was also one marriage proposal. Katelynn Kuhlman is now a fiance!
So many happy faces filled the room. The airmen were proud of the work they've done. One first time airman, Staff Sgt. Blake Dullinger, said he really learned a lot about his job and the cultures over there.
His girlfriend Leah made him a welcome home sign, and said she stocked the fridge with food and a case of beer.
Their families are just happy to have them home. "We're so proud of him, and so glad to have everyone home safely," said Wendy Kowalke, mother of Dullinger.
The first wave of airmen returned on Monday afternoon, along with the jets and pilots.
This was the first deployment to a combat zone with the new jets.
We will have more, on Eyewitness News at 5 and 6.