MOUNTAIN HOME -- More than 200 airmen were welcomed home with hugs and kisses Monday afternoon.
For the past six months the men and the women of the 726th Air Control Squadron have been away from home helping with Operation Enduring Freedom. After spending so much time away from their families they were very happy to be reunited again.
As the families looked forward to that long awaited moment, six months of anxiety boiled down to six minutes of anticipation.
"We're ready. Let's gets this plane on the ground. Let's go!" said Jennifer Ochoa, an airmen's wife.
"This is the longest 30 minutes of my life," added Matthew Ochoa.
The past few months have been hard for all the families the 726th Air Control Squadron left back at home.
"I'm excited to have help with the twins again," said Jennifer Ochoa.
When some of the airmen got home, they met their babies for the first time.
"My oldest, I have a four-year-old, had to kind of tuck herself into bed each night 'cause I got to take care of this one," said Shawna Cabatu holding her newborn. "We got to Skype during the delivery so that was a unique yet special moment."
When the plane landed, families started counting down the seconds until they were reunited. Holding their breath until dad saw his new daughter for the first time.
And when the moment came everyone was ready.
"Ready to be home," Said Maj. Emersonn Cabatu.
For the next two weeks the airmen will have time off to spend with their families and readjust to life in the U.S.
Starting August 1st, the men will begin training again for their next mission.