130 National Guard members receive warm welcome home

QUONSET, R.I. (WPRI) — A group of Rhode Island National Guard members received a warm welcome as they returned to Quonset and into the arms of their loved ones.

Approximately 130 airmen from the 143D airlift wing of the Rhode Island Air National Guard returned home from southwest Asia on Thursday afternoon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The group was greeted by their loved ones with signs, flowers, and plenty of hugs as they were welcomed at the air base.

Airmen Nathaniel Jackson has waited a long time for this, and says it’s his pregnant wife who deserves the honors.

“It just takes your breath away to see finally, that person you’ve been talking to on the phone and seeing on Skype,” he said, “Seeing the bump is real – seven months pregnant – it’s just definitely one of the better moments in life.”

Airmen Spencer Romph returned home to his wife and kids, and was holding his daughter as soon as he landed.

“Obviously I miss my wife and my kids and all the people that I work with. It’s been a long four months but I’m glad to be here,” he said.

The airmen were supporting humanitarian efforts and supply missions while they were in southwest Asia.

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