LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---There's a lobby full of loved ones with signs and flags in hands, who have anxiously been waiting for this day to come.
"He's done four tours before, and this is the second time he'll be home for Christmas with us so we're happy he's going to be able to be here for that," says Heather Kerns.
Heather Kerns and her family are waiting on Master Sergeant Donnie Brewer to return home.
He is part of the National Guard's Agribusiness Development Team 4, who have been in Afghanistan helping teach Afghan farmers better irrigation and crop growing techniques.
In September, he was able to come home briefly to see his grandson born, and his other daughter get married. On Friday, he was home for good.
"Words can't express how proud I am. It's very emotional when we talk about it," says Brittney Collins, Brewer's daughter.
When the plane finally arrives, you can only imagine how emotional this moment is for this family, and many others.
Master Sergeant Brewer gets a good look at his grandson.
"It's the whole reason right there. This is all my family. Can't beat it," says Master Sgt. Donnie Brewer.
Fellow soldiers and airmen are welcomed home with hugs, kisses, and signs.
"It's a relief and I'm incredibly happy," says Captain Varinka Ensminger.
After almost a year away, their journey now comes to an end.
You could say Christmas came early for all of these families.
It's a sacrifice that both Master Sgt. Brewer and even his father share and understand.
"This is my hero right here. This is what it's all about," says Donnie Brewer.
"Christmas is Christmas now," says his father Don Brewer.
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