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Families are awaiting the troops' arrival from Afghanistan.
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Families are awaiting the troops' arrival from Afghanistan.

It's home for the holidays for 1,200 D.C. Air Guardsmen who make up the 113th Wing. They arrived at Joint Base Andrews from Afghanistan Friday morning, and one of the things topping their list after seeing their families, is having a healthy, delicious meal.

Some look tired, and some looked hungry, but all looked happy and relieved to be home.

"It feels great to home," says Chief Master Sergeant Tony Russell. "My whole family came out, my neighbors everybody came out to welcome me home."

After reuniting with his family, Russell says having a good ol' American meal is next on his agenda.

For months, he and other troops have lived on nothing but military rations known as M.R.Es or Meals Ready to Eat. Chief Master Sergeant Kevin Kling says now that he's safely home, he's ready to eat his favorite indulgence: beer and wings!

Both airmen say they're also looking forward to a traditional Christmas dinner.

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