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B52 Squadron Returns From Guam

B52 Squadron Returns From Guam

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It was an exciting weekend for Military families in Minot, as the largest B52 Squadron returned home after spending half a year overseas.

Emily Medalen takes us to the Minot Air Force Base with the story.

(Kids) "Welcome home, dad!"

Tears of joy from 200 families were shed yesterday as the B52 Squadron returned to the Minot Air Force Base after spending 6 months in Guam.

And Dayna Woods says that during these 6 months with 4 young children at home, she realized how much of an impact these kids' dad has on all of their lives.

(Dayna Woods, Wife) "You rely on each other, and depend on each other, and whenever your husband is gone, it's like being a single mom."

(Grayce Woods, Daughter) "It's hard. We just moved here and then he left. So it was really hard getting settled into the house."

(Asher Woods, Son) "It's hard for my mom because she doesn't have our dad."

(Kade Woods, Son) "It sometimes can be scary and hard, because he's not always there for you whenever you really need him."

The men and women of the squadron spent long days training, flying and fixing airplanes, and did get some time to FaceTime or Skype with those back home.

Sgt. Michael Woods says that it was a successful 6 months, but coming home to his loved ones is a feeling that nothing can replace.

And his kids couldn't agree more.

(Kade Woods, Son) "I can't wait. It's going to be really exciting. I get to hang out with my dad more."

(Crew Woods, Son) "I can't wait until dad does "Hickory Dock" to me, and picks me up and we wrestle together again."

So, last night, families and friends of the 200 soldiers waited patiently for their arrival.

And when they came through those doors, the eruption of applause, hugs, kisses and tears was one for the books.

(Sgt. Michael Woods) "It's great. Because even though Skype and FaceTime do a great job of communicating, I don't get to see how tall the kids have gotten, or what they've done and how they've grown, matured and changed, so it's exciting. In a part of my stomach I've got butterflies."

(Alex Mezynski, 5th Bomb 1 Commander) "It's always an awesome occasion, you know, you get really moved by some of the reactions, especially of the children. Running up to mom or dad and welcoming them back after not seeing them for 6 months - it really moves you inside. And it makes you realize the sacrifices that our men and women that serve every day do."

Emily Medalen, KX News.

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