Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Home sweet home for two plane loads of airmen. Plane one co-piloted by Ashley Kemp's husband and the father of their 9-month old daughter.
"I think about the journey they took over there," said Ashley Kemp.
A journey that took reservists to Iraq and Afghanistan in just 6 weeks.
"Excited to be home!" said one airman as he got off the huge plane at Montgomery's Maxwell Air Force Base.
For the 908th Airlift Wing Command this is the first deployment under the military's new rotation system. In other words shorter deployments with more trips in the future.
For now though homecoming is on the minds for those who went to war and back on two crowded, lumbering C-130s. These are the planes they used to move people and cargo in combat zones.
"It was trying at times," said Staff Sgt. Dionne Wilson.
"A bit hair-raising," said Airman First Class Matt Dearth.
In all likelihood the men and women of the 908th will fly back into harm's way. Today though they flew back in the arms of families and friends, safe and sound.
"I miss my family you wouldn't believe," said pilot David Kemp.
During this deployment the 908th crews flew around 320 hours and 135 sorties in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In the midst of this celebration, a sobering fact. Nearly 4,000 American troops have died since the war started 5 years ago this week.