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May 1, 2003

Lowndes County - Four C-130's carrying 80 airmen made their way home to Moody Air Force Base Thursday.

One of those onboard in Dana McClure's husband. The couple is expecting their first child in a few months. "I was a lot smaller when he left, so he'll be surprised," said Dana.

After a 6 week deployment, her husband is finally home. "I hate that I've missed when he started kicking and things like that, but I'm glad I'll be here for the birth," said McClure.

Major Kurt Konopatske also had a suprise to come home to. He's meeting his new baby boy born while he was deployed. "He's beautiful," said Konopatske. "He got his good looks from his mother of course."

Some haven't seen their loved ones in almost six months, like Staff Seargent Don Duval. "It's been hard, but I knew she'd be here waiting and we've got a lot of catching up to do," said Duval.

The airmen all agree on the plans for the next few days. "Just being with the family and taking it easy," said Konopatske. "Maybe a little golf, and hearing about all the things I've missed," said McClure.

They'll each have between a week and two weeks leave to catch up on that much deserved rest and relaxation.

posted at 4:00 by ashley.harper@walb.com