Members of the squadron were deployed for six months to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Lt. Col. David Kenner, the commander of the Civil Engineer Squadron, describes what their mission entailed.
"We went in and we maintained all of the air conditioning units, all of the electric systems, all of the generators and that stuff, and had projects involving some of the heavy equipment and things like that," Kenner said. "They did outstanding work. The mission we had there made a difference."
Maj. Gen, William L. Freeman, Mississippi's adjutant general, also offered recognition.
"What a great day it is for them to be back on Mississippi soil and be back in Meridian," said Freeman. "On the other side of this fence are the families that supported those airmen while they were gone on their deployment. It's just a great day."
Nicole Whittington and her three children were just one of the families waiting to see a loved one. Whittington and her husband, Dustin, have two little girls. One is almost two years old. The other is three years old. Their little boy is just about to turn 5. Whittington said she couldn't wait to see her husband, nor could the children.
"I can't even begin to describe what it means," said Whittington. "It's been a handful having these three, and having him home will be great."
Members of the Civil Engineering squadron were in Guantanamo Bay in support of the joint task force located there for the war on terror. They had to maintain a 500-man tent city.