Dozens Welcomed Home Men Deployed From Afghanistan

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PANAMA CITY- Pippa Plumadore waited patiently to see her son John Plumadore walk through the gates of the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Sunday morning.

"There are no words to say of how excited I am. I've been waiting patiently for this day," said Pippa Plumadore, Mother.

Dozens of people held signs, balloons and flags.

Seven men from Tyndall Air Force Base returned home from Afghanistan.

They were providing operations in their base and in the villages.

After months of waiting, they arrived safe and sound.

"We've been on so many flights. So many planes over here, so it didn't fully hit me when I saw everyone cheering and I'm glad everybody came out and I'm just happy to be home," said Isaiah Weatherford, Airman First Class.

"They'll get a few weeks off so they can recharge their batteries and be with their families. Spend some time with some loved ones before they'll come back to work here in Tyndall and they're members of Bay County. So they're glad to be here, glad to be home," said Anthony McCarty, 325th Security Forces Squadron Commander.

The warrior watch riders hosted the ceremony along with Tyndall.

"Never again will a soldier be scorned or ignored that what happened in Vietnam will never happen again. We're here to welcome soldiers home and let them know that we're here for them and let there families know that we got their backs here at home," said Charlie Peace, Warriors Watch Riders.

"Happiness you feel that you can't describe. That's how you feel when a family member comes home safe," said Tina Hudson, Plumadore's Aunt.