Father hugs his daughter are returning from a deployment

Welcome home

By Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

When service members deploy, they develop bonds and memories they will never forget. Airmen develop everlasting bonds with their deployed co-workers and units, but nothing beats returning home with honor to your family and loved ones. These photos of our favorite homecoming moments tug at our heartstrings.

Little girl waits for her father to arrive.
A young girl waits for her father at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom, Sept. 19, 2013, following his four-month deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dana J. Butler/Released)

Daughters waits for her father to land
Cori Bailey awaits her father’s arrival during a welcome-home ceremony April 15, 2011, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Cori is the 10-year-old daughter of Col. William Bailey, 4th Fighter Squadron commander and F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Renae Saylock/Released)
Families rush to see their Airmen
Families and friends rush Airmen from the 822nd Security Forces Squadron after they return home after a deployment Dec. 8. (U.S. Air Forces photo by Airman 1st Class Joshua Green/Released)
Airman hugs his family
Airman 1st Class James Leach, 822nd Security Forces Squadron member, hugs his mother Rebecca and sisters Jillian and Samantha, after returning home from a deployment to Iraq, Dec. 8. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Benjamin Wiseman/Released)
Airman gets to kiss his girlfriend
Staff Sgt. Christopher Byrnes shares a long-awaited kiss with his girlfriend, Racheal Maki, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., upon his return from deployment July 27, 2011.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Alystria Mauer/Released)
Families unite
Air Force Master Sgt. Ray Carter, aerospace ground equipment technician, 140th Wing, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado Air National Guard, receives a joyous and tearful welcome home following his return from Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. John Nimmo, Sr./Released)
Airman hugs her daughter
An Air Force staff sergeant hugs her son at the Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, flightline Oct. 3, 2013. The sergeant returned from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kevin Wallace/Released)
An Airman is hugged by his children
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Daniel Anderson hugs his children upon returning from deployment in Kuwait to Hector International Airport in Fargo, N.D., Jan. 7, 2009. Anderson is assigned to the 119th Civil Engineer Squadron. (DoD photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp, U.S. Air Force/Released)
A dog greets it's owner at Operation Homecoming
Family members, friends and fellow Air Commandos gather to welcome home more than 100 Hurlburt Airmen at the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Hangar on Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 9, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michelle Patten/Released)
Children hug their father
Senior Master Sgt. George LeBlanc is welcomed home by his family after his 6-month deployment to Southwest Aisa. Senior Master Sgt. LeBlanc is a Traditional Reservist from the 749th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and works as a civilian for a commercial airline. While deployed, he provided aircraft maintenance support for the KC-10 Extender. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Torri Crosby/Released)
Daughters try and help dad with his bags
Everyone is all smiles as Capt. William Jacks walks with his wife, Nicole, and daughters, Rachel (left) and Anna, after returning home from a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia, July 28, 2010, at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Captain Jacks is a B-1B Lancer pilot assigned to the 34th Bomb Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane/Released)
Father hugs his daughter are returning from a deployment
Lt. Col. Thomas Frazier of the 711th Special Operations Squadron receives an overdue hug from his daughter after returning from a deployment to Southwest Asia on Aug. 7, 2011. More than 25 Air Force Reserve Airmen were welcomed back home at a homecoming party at Duke Field, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr./Released)

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