Community Welcomes Air Force Officer and Newborn Home

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PANAMA CITY -- An Air Force officer is thanking the community for helping his family while he deployed for six months. Lt. Colonel Michael Hagan has returned home from a deployment to Afghanistan.

After the deployment, he's coming home to quite the surprise.
Hannah Jean Hagan was born Friday -- just one day after her father came home from deployment.

The Holy Nativity Episcopal School is here to celebrate.

"It's as if Katie and baby Hannah waited," Lt. Col. Michael Hagan said. "And we've had a lot of support; I think a lot of prayers a lot of people sending good intentions our way to help."

It’s been a tough road for Michael’s wife Katie and their children.

"I started laboring early on Thursday during the day while he was traveling," Michael’s Wife Katie Hagan said. "And we picked him up from the airport and went to the hospital around midnight and she was born the next morning."

The couple expresses its gratitude for the community and their church. They say the church has stepped in and helped with caring for the family during the past six months.

"It's our, not only our obligation but our pleasure to care for them and to get them tough times especially deployment times and it's been very hard on the spouse. It's what we do," Chaplain Steve Bates said.

Michael says he's just happy to be home.

"It's just unbelievable to be with the boys, Nora, and now baby girl, they've been great. Technology is great that we had the face-time and the ability to talk and see each other fairly regularly. But just there's just no, no substitution for the hugs and kisses," he said.

Colonel Hagan is not scheduled for any more deployments at this time.