It was a homecoming for ten members of the 186th Security Forces Group that has returned from Kyrgyzstan. Their welcome is proof of how special a hug can be.
"Do I get a hug?" shouted family of the returning guardsmen.
It's even more special for these guardsmen who haven't seen their families in seven months. Pam Whaley's son, Pat, is one of the ten members of the 186th Security Forces who returned from overseas. She says watching her son leave for war is one of the hardest things she's had to do.
"It was hard, but I knew that this is something that he was something that he wanted to do and he chose to do. I knew that God was with him. I knew he was in God's hands, so that's how I am able to let him go and able endure it," says Whaley.
Whaley has seen her son deployed four times now. Although she says it doesn't get any easier, she is learning to deal with it.
"It does in a way you know. When you know that he's doing what he's been called to do and what his passion is. You just kind of trust in it," explains Whaley.
And trust is what so many of the air men come home to when they finally get to see their families. For Staff Sergeant Brent Thompson that's exactly who he wants to see, his family.
"It feels great. It's good to see the family and it feels really good," expresses Staff Sergeant Thompson.
Like Thompson's family, Whaley is grateful for the work of each soldier.
"We're just proud of each one of them and so glad that they choose to do this."
But there is one soldier Whaley is even more excited to see.
"I'm just glad my baby boy is home," exclaims Whaley.
The group that returned is just a portion of the 186th Security Forces overseas. The rest of the group is scheduled to return in roughly one month.