Family and friends welcome Air National Guardsmen home from Kuwait

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 3/10/2013 8:43 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Members of the 152 Airlift Wing are home now after a four-month deployment to Kuwait.

Friends, family and fellow guardsmen were on the flightline waiting for them when they landed.

"I haven't seen my wife in four and a half months and she's going to be back in a couple of minutes," said Master Sgt. Ian McEwen.

McEwen and his wife Kathy met in the Air National Guard. They'll celebrate three years of marriage in April.

"The last seven years you have someone next to you every day and the first day they leave, you wake up and they're not next to you," McEwen said. "It's like half of you is gone."

She's been working as a medic in Kuwait, but tomorrow the McEwens will wake up together.

"Words can't describe it," McEwen said. "It's going to be amazing."

McEwen is reunited with his other half now, along with the families of more than 30 other guardsmen who welcomed them home as soon as they stepped off the plane.

"It shows our thanks for what they do," said Maj. Dennis Fournier, Nevada National Guard spokesman.

Fournier says deploying is what they train for.

"There's a lot of excitement in that, but there's even more excitement for leadership and the families to have them come home," Fournier said.

"We joined the guard to go do this and we enjoy it and it's fun," McEwen said, but he is happy his wife is safely back home.

"I can't describe it," McEwen said. 

The third and final group of guardsmen from from the 152 Airlift Wing are expected to come home to their loved ones in the next few days, which will bring the total to about 120 men and women returning home safely this week.
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sleepingcat - 3/10/2013 11:12 PM
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It would be nice if such articles would possibly present a reason for one being in Kuwait, rather than the assumption that it's only normal.
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