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May 8, 2003

Lowndes County - Airman 1st Class Tim Pierson is glad to be back on U.S. soil. "It's good to be home, clean, and with my family," said Pierson.

And he's not the only one. For his mother Sylvia, the past 6 months have seemed like a lifetime. "I'm so glad my baby's finally home," said Sylvia. "He's safe and looks just like he did when he left us."

At just 21-years-old, this was Pierson's 1st deployment. He says he didn't expect to be gone so long. "We were only supposed to go for 3 months, but then things got started in Iraq and we had to stay longer," said Pierson.

Pierson and 45 other members of the 824th Security Forces arrived back on base Thursday in three Greyhound buses. They flew into Atlanta after a six month deployment in Afghanistan. "It was really different over there, lots of children, and really dry and windy," said Pierson.

Their job in Operation Enduring Freedom was to provide base and airfield security. Lucky for the Pierson family and many others, they finished those duties quickly. "Its the best Mother's Day present I could ask for," said Sylvia.

More members of this squadron are scheduled to arrive back next week.

posted at 1:00 by ashley.harper@walb.com