After three days of traveling, the airman is finally back on American soil in time to welcome him and his wife's first child. She's nine months pregnant and about to give birth any day to their son.
She and their loved ones greeted him at Sky Harbor International Airport on the night of Dec. 29.
For the last six months, he’s been stationed overseas in Qatar – marking his second deployment since joining the United States Air Force.
"Just super thankful to be given the opportunity to be here with family. Great Christmas present, and love serving my country, but it's fantastic to be with family," the airman said.
The two are high school sweethearts and have been married for three years. The airman says he missed his whole family, and especially his wife's home cooking.
The airman will be able to stay a few months at home after their son is born.
He and his wife asked for their names to remain private in this story.
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