Friends and family of Staff Sergeant Brett Brumley were on hand at Meridian Regional Airport early Sunday to see him off.
Brumley, a Meridian native, returned to duty in Iraq after spending two weeks at home on R&R leave.
Brumley is a flight engineer with the Bravo Company 23 Aviation Unit out of Hunter Army Air Field in Georgia.
This is Brumley's second tour of duty in Iraq. He has also served in Afghanistan.