Picking Up Daddy

 We decorated the Buffalo.

Soap Box is Mr. Pilot's call sign.  They guys don't get to pick their own.  Some guys have some pretty awful call signs.  I like what Daddy is preaching, so I don't mind this one.

Waiting at the airport

Watching for the plane to land... They flew home commercial flights because other guys were still using the jets.

 Some friends of ours were waiting for their Daddy too.

 "Hooker" is what the guys are called right after they qualify because it is actually a hook that catches and stops the jet on the ship.  You can imagine the play on words some people get with that.  In base housing the windows will often read "Welcome Home Hooker."  Good thing they live in housing where everyone knows what they mean, lol!

 There he is!
 I don't know if he even got a chance to see his sign, they just couldn't wait!

 But, that is understandable.  He is a really cool guy, and we really missed him!

Doing their secret hand shake...

The amount of excitement was amazing.  We missed him terribly.  I almost wonder what the reunion will be like after he is gone for more than half a year.  But I don't really want to think about that right now.
I'll just enjoy having him home now.


  1. That is SO COOL!!!!!!! We are so proud of you guys!!! Thanks for sharing that moment :)

  2. WOW! I love these pictures!! They brought tears to my eyes. We've gone through long deployments more then we can count and not one time does it get easier. Welcome home!!!


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