Abilene, TX -- Families sat and waited as more than 170 airmen and women returned home from deployment in Afghanistan.
"We're happy, we just hope everything goes smooth and they get in here on time," said Tim May, father of an airman. "It's a great day, it's a beautiful day, it's good for flying" his wife, Sandy, added. "We'll have some time to spend with him this week and hope everything works well for them after that.
Sandy and Tim drove 14 hours from Kentucky to welcome home their son Lieutenant Eric May, who has been gone for six months on his first deployment.
The worst part about being away is the waiting and wondering, Sandy explained.
"When you're in a country where people don't like you very much, it's kind of scary, so I'm just thrilled to have him back in America that's for sure."
The two are no strangers to the military life with their older son currently deployed in Guam.
"It's our life, we're used to it, but this is a big one, him coming home from deployment is really big. We're excited," Sandy said.
"I'm excited; I can't wait to put my arms around him," Sandy said.