Airmen return home from Afghanistan
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE (WTVD) -- Hundreds of American heroes returned home from Afghanistan early Wednesday morning.
Airmen from the 4th Fighter Wing arrived at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro just after midnight.
Despite the late hour, more than 1,000 friends and family were there to greet the 325-member unit.
"I'm so proud of him and I respect him so much and I think it's so important that he knows that," said Mackenzie Michael, an airman's sister.
"It feels really good to be with family, to be home, sleeping in my own bed and taking a shower that's longer than three minutes," Airman Robert Spurgeon said.
On Wednesday afternoon, 12 more members arrived flying themselves back home in six F-15E Strike Eagles.
The airmen were deployed to Afghanistan for the past seven months.
During that time they set a record for flight hours and shots fired.
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