BOISE - More than 200 members of the Idaho Air National Guard returned home late Sunday night after a six month deployment to the Middle East.
A plane carrying the guard members landed at Gowen Field at about 11 p.m. Hundreds of family members gathered at base to welcome their loved ones home.
"It's a very emotional and exciting evening. It's been a long deployment, but family members are excited to welcome them home," said guard spokesperson Lt. Cassie Morlock. "There's been amazing support from the community for the family members in their loved ones' absence."
The 124th Fighter Wing was based out of Incirlik Air Base in Turkey in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Staff Sgt. Andrew Jackson said he was happy to be back on American soil with all the airmen he left with.
"I'm very proud that everyone was able to go over there and do what we did to support our mission, and come back as a team, as a whole, and as one unit," he said. "I'm very proud of everybody. I had a lot of great team members."
Senior airman Jennifer Foley agreed.
"Coming back here and having everyone, that's a very good feeling," she said.