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Soldiers return home to waiting families for Christmas

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Some Mississippi soldiers made it home just in time for Christmas.  They flew into the Jackson Evers International Airport to a crowd of waiting family and friends.

Minutes can seem like hours while waiting for a loved one to touch down at the airport.  The Booker family has been waiting for Christmas Eve night for nearly four months.

"We're excited, right?" said Melisha Booker to her daughters. "That's all these two girls have wished for Christmas is for their daddy to come home."

Lt. Col. Thomas Booker has been serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan since September first.  He will be home on leave for two weeks.

"Just a lot of family and a trip to see Mississippi State at the bowl game in Jacksonville.  We can't miss that," said Melisha Booker when asked about plans for the holidays.

Around 6:00 p.m. Saturday the soldiers arrived to a crowd of hugs and kisses.

"It's been a long time, glad to be home to see these girls," said Lt. Col. Thomas Booker. "The job that we do it is worth it.  Still it's hard to be away from home."

This Christmas thoughts were with their brothers in arms still overseas, not able to return home to their families.

"I do want to give a Merry Christmas to the rest of my unit in Afghanistan who are still there working, holding down the fort for us.  It's wonderful to be home.  I'm just going to enjoy it, spend time with my family and get ready to go back and do it again," said Jerry Crane.

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