SD Air National Guardsmen Welcomed Home
by Jeff Rusack, Reporter
November 19, 2012 5:51 PM
For six months airmen and women from the 114th Security Forces Squadron were running security missions on the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula. Over the past two weeks they've been making their way back to Sioux Falls.
“If I could describe how we feel right now, I would. But, I really can't describe the feeling. That sounds cliché. To be home for the holidays and to be home in general is just fantastic,” Major Joe Hardin.
While the elation of first seeing their loved ones may have faded to some degree. This is the Air National Guard squadron's official welcome home. And the memories of seeing their families for the first time after being deployed are still fresh.
“My mom was the loudest. I could hear her before I could see her. So, I was pretty excited,” said Senior Airman Nathan Karbar.
“When you come down that escalator for the very first time and you see those loved ones that's a feeling that will last a lifetime,” said Major Hardin.
After their 179 days overseas, the governor welcomed them home, as they make their transition back to a civilian lifestyle.
“It's been a little difficult. But, the wife has been around to help me out, so it's been good,” said Senior Airmen Evan Fey.
“I came home to a new home. But, it was still a home,” said Karbar.
Some were welcomed home by a new family member.
“My little brother had his first child. I have niece. I came home and that was nice to see when I got to the airport,” said Karbar.
A stint in the Middle East is over for the airmen. As they start a new journey back at home.