Happy Homecoming

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Some McConnell Air Force troops are spending their first night home in Wichita in months.

For security reasons, the Air Force will only say the airmen have been in the desert in the Middle East serving in Operation Enduring Freedom.

On Wednesday, those troops arrived at McConnell Air Force base, where they were welcomed by their families.

Some active duty airmen have been gone three to four months. Reservists have been away 30 days.

Family members say the return is like an early Christmas present. One airman said, "It's a great feeling. I know these guys are happy to see me home. But they've been really super troops and have unselfishly been sharing me with the Air Force because what we do out there is really important."

These troops are enjoying this warm welcome for another reason. The past three or four months they've been out in the desert where it's hot. Now they've got to get used to the cold again and their families will help them get acclimated by not letting them out of the house for a while.

Thirty airmen returned Wednesday. A McConnell spokesman says there is a regular rotation of troops in and out of the ongoing operation to support Enduring Freedom.

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