This soldier met his son for the first time on Thursday.
OWOSSO, MI (WNEM) -
Members of the 144th Military Police Company, referred to as The "Black Hats", returned home Thursday from a 9 month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
The Owosso School District changed its schedule to accommodate the return of 153 soldiers.
The Owosso High School gymnasium was filled with heartwarming reunions, including one soldier who met his newborn baby for the first time.
"I really don't know how to describe it," said Sgt. Zachary King. During his deployment overseas, Sgt. King's wife gave birth to a son, Jonathan.
"The anxiety was excruciating… could hardly eat, could hardly sleep," Sgt. King explained. "It's really good to be here."
Hundreds of families braved the frigid cold temperatures and icy roads to honor the brave men and women who sacrificed for our country, including Kim Lancaster, who drove from Grand Rapids to greet her daughter.
Admittedly, Lancaster said she, at times, feared for her daughter's safety.
"Very nervous… wondering if she was safe… but very excited and proud," Lancaster said.
For nearly three years, Rachel Crawford and her returning fiancé Jason Humphrey haven't been in the same place together for more than ten days.
"I just want to do this," Crawford said as she hugged her fiancé.
Members of the company had plenty of time to reflect during their more than 20 hour flight home, mainly about the first thing they will do when they get home.
"The first thing I am going to do is play with my kids, have a beer and eat some real food… I am starving," Sgt. King said.
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Friday, August 22 2014 10:04 AM EDT2014-08-22 14:04:57 GMT
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