Patiently they waited, holding signs and balloons, decked out in their festive red white and blue outfits.
The entire family of Lt. Colonel Steve Jones was more than ready to welcome home their hero Sunday afternoon at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
"Every day we're counting down," said Suzy, Jones' wife. "When we see that plane coming in its just the feeling inside it is so great he's home he's safe."
After spending the past three months overseas Steve and Suzy were both looking forward to that first kiss.
"[It was] Fantastic; been waiting for it for a long time," Lt. Colonel Jones explained. "It is really tough being away from family, friends; [our] two beautiful girls a beautiful wife."
Jones and approximately 30 other airmen from the 927th Air Refueling wing don't have worry about being away from home anymore. On Sunday they received a hero's welcome on Veteran's Day.
Matthew Janson was among the group that was deployed in Southwest Asia for more than 90 days. He was greeted by his fiancé and very excited pup, Charlie.
"It was a great feeling," he said after seeing the group waiting at MacDill. "I am so very excited."
Rebecca Voelker called her hero's welcome inspiring.
"It is extra special because it's on Veterans Day," she said.
And Matthew received an extra special surprise when he found out his parents made the trip all the way from Maryland to greet him.
"He's serving our country; he's here healthy, happy, smiling home safe on us soil. It's great," said Beverly Janson, Matthew's Mother.
A short respite back home after serving his country in a far off place.
On Monday, more soldiers will be returning home to their families at MacDill.
FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
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