Dozens of troops from Hurlburt Field returned home from overseas deployments Friday, just in time to reunite with their families for the holidays.
The Brown family was among the hundreds of people who anxiously waited on their loved one Friday afternoon.
Paul Brown was just one of more than 150 Hurlburt troops targeted by Operation Homecoming. As they waited, it was easy to see Ashley missed her husband and their two boys missed their father.
"Ahhh I get so excited!” said Ashely. “It' doesn't seem real until he actually walks down this carpet and it's like oh my gosh, he's finally home. It's been four months, what do you think it going to go through your head?"
"I dunno,” said Brenton Kirby. “That's the weirdest part, not knowing."
The uncertainty vanished as the plane landed and Paul walked down the ramp and into the life he's been missing.
"It's like winning the lottery 100 times in a row,” he said. “It's the best feeling in the world. I couldn't ask for anything better.”
“It's the best Christmas present,” said Ashley. “I don't even want him to buy me anything--him coming home is plenty enough."
And after three deployments, Ashley says she could not be more proud of her husband
"Oh I am. I am so proud of him. Oh, I'm gonna cry. I am, I am very proud of him."
Most of the men and women who returned will have the rest of the holidays off with their families.