Friends, family welcome Airmen home from deployment

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing wait to process through customs on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing wait to process through customs on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing unload baggage in preparation for a customs inspection on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing unload baggage in preparation for a customs inspection on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing walk towards their friends and families after a customs inspection on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 52nd Fighter Wing walk towards their friends and families after a customs inspection on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Rene Bernal holds up a sign while waiting with his mother, Patricia, to welcome home his father, Staff Sgt. Christopher Bernal, 81st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team chief, on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Rene Bernal holds up a sign while waiting with his mother, Patricia, to welcome home his father, Staff Sgt. Christopher Bernal, 81st Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew team chief, on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Capt. John Cotman, 81st Fighter Squadron A-Flight commander, embraces his daughter on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Capt. John Cotman, 81st Fighter Squadron A-Flight commander, embraces his daughter on Ramp 3 here April 13. Family and friends waited at Hangar 3 to welcome home more than 70 Airmen from a deployment with 81st Fighter Squadron to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, who had been providing close-air support during Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew B. Fredericks/Released)