SPOKANE, Wash.—Eleven months of waiting ended Friday at the Spokane International Airport when a U.S. Army Reserve unit based in Hayden, Idaho returned home to tears, hugs and family.
The 59 men and women of the 455th Engineer Company spent nearly one-year deployed in Afghanistan.
They landed in Spokane around noon and were greeted by a crowd of family and friends. In that crowd was the Turner family who had been waiting for their father to come home.
“Maverick is two-years-old. He’s pretty much grown up with me on the computer,” said Commander Andrew Turner.
Andrew was finally able to tell his family ‘I love you’ in person Friday.
Danielle Turner has helped kids and her husband get through the agonizing deployment. She said she is just glad to have her best friend home.
“He’s an amazing father and husband. I’m just super, super blessed. He’s always been a hero. Whether he’s serving our country or not. He is a hero,” said Danielle.
The Turner’s said they do not have any plans for Friday night. Andrew said all he cares about is loving on his wife and kids and getting a nice American meal.