Sioux Falls welcomed home the 114th Security Forces Squadron, Wednesday night, as members returned home from a seven month deployment in SW Asia.
The Airmen deployed in April 2012 to an undisclosed operating location in Southwest Asia for six months. While overseas they performed a full spectrum of security, force protection and law enforcement duties for U.S. and allied forces, in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
It was an emotional reunion for the dozens that were there as the soldiers walked into the airport lobby to applause, cheers and gratitude.
"We're proud of all of them. They've been just awesome," Danetta Ishmael said.
"Just to know they're coming home and they're safe and getting to see them. It feels so good they're all coming home, every single one of them. All safe," Chantel Olson said.
Olson finally reunited with her husband, Tech Sgt. Jerime Olson, which was a moment she had been waiting for since April.
That same feeling goes for every soldier and their family.
"Feels good every time when I come home, even flying in to see Sioux Falls, it's great," Tech Sgt. Eric Comes said.
As family members explain, seven months of worry has been anything but easy.
"The thing you think about the most is their safety. You pray a lot, not just for Jerime, for all of them," Olson said.
"It's stressful, not knowing what's going on, exactly where he's at, what happening," Danetta Ishmael said. "It's still sad to see them go but just as excited to see them come home."