Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Flying High

Today as I was driving to my much-needed pedicure, I looked up and saw this:

And it gave me goosebumps.

VAW-125, the Tigertails, were flying home from their 7 month deployment on the USS Carl Vinson.  I knew they were coming home today, but I didn't think that I would be driving by the base at the exact time they were in their homecoming formation.  It is highly unusual to see hawkeyes in formation, so when you see it, you know something special is going on.  I knew that not more than a mile away, dozens of family members and friends were waiting at the hangar.  Waiting to see those planes, watch them land, and most importantly, to embrace their loved one for the first time since November.  Goosebumps.

Homecoming is something that is so hard to describe because the emotions are so heightened.  Just like you can't describe the emotions of having a child or getting married.  It is just such a special feeling.  As one of my wise friends once said, homecoming almost makes deployment worth it.  Almost.

Welcome home Tigertails, so great to see you!  And welcome home to the USS Carl Vinson and all associated squadrons on the east and west coast!


Blueangel said...

:) such an exciting day for all Brian's squadmates. He came back early from our Ohio trip to meet everyone. He said that almost all the families had met in Hawaii or San Diego when the ship pulled in so he said it was sorta a funny homecoming.
It was also super sad :( The boys are home 5 weeks and then immediatly start work ups and will deploy again within 6 months. It is just so hard to see them rotating so quickly. :(

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Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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