Special homecoming for Idaho airmen

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Special homecoming for Idaho airmen

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by Ty Brennan

KTVB.COM

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 2:02 AM

MOUNTAIN HOME -- There were lots of hugs, tears and smiles Wednesday afternoon at Mountain Home Air Force Base as more than 300 airmen returned home from Afghanistan.

The men and women of the 366th Fighter Wing served for six months in Operation Enduring Freedom.

There was a lot of excitement as the plane taxied up and the airmen began to deplane.

Those returning were part of the 366th Fighter Wing -- the Gunfighters.

Their main job while in Afghanistan was supporting the military with combat operations.

The airmen were greeted by anxious family members, happy to know their loved ones are safely back home.

"It's the most exciting thing ever, it's the best thing that could ever happen knowing that he made it home safe and he'll be in my arms any minute," said Ellen Watson who was waiting for her fiance.

"What is it like today to be reunited with your fiancee?" asked NewsChannel 7 to Sr. Airman Jeffrey Kemp.

"Best feeling in the world, like a million bucks," exclaimed Kemp.

Meanwhile, Sr. Airman Aaron Mickelson was meeting his daughter for first time.

"You want to be there for your family no matter what, but knowing that we can make a difference out there and come home safe to our families that's the most important thing," said Mickelson.

Mickelson got to hold his baby daughter for the very first time. She was born less than a week ago on Sept. 15.

Over the coming weeks, there will be more equipment, airmen and F-15E aircraft returning to Idaho.

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