Families welcome airmen, women back from deployment

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MIDWEST CITY, Okla. – Open arms and beaming smiles greeted airmen and women at Tinker Air Force Base Wednesday. They were serving in Southwest Asia for the last six months, but one captain arrived home just in time to give his wife the best birthday present ever.

More than 120 Tinker Airmen and woman came back to Oklahoma Wednesday. Melissa Silva and her two daughters were one family of many who welcomed their loved ones back.

The gates opened and they were finally reunited with Captain Francisco Silva.

The homecoming happened just in time for Melissa’s birthday Wednesday.

“More than excited. I couldn’t ask for a better birthday,” Melissa said.

“It’s her birthday,” Captain Silva laughed. “So I don’t know, whatever she wants, it’s her call.”

Many other families said the homecoming means a lot to them because of the government shutdown.

The airmen and women will get a long and well-deserved rest until they are called to deploy again.

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