LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hugs are especially sweet on the Fourth of July for 60 Louisville area military families.

Members of the Kentucky Air National Guard 123rd Airlift Wing arrived back home Wednesday after a four-month deployment to the Middle East.

The hugs and tears came during reunions at the air national guard base at Louisville International Airport. Spouses, parents and children all were happy to see one another and eager to go home to celebrate.

The airmen were responsible for flying military members and cargo all over the region, including to and from Afghanistan.

One of the commanders appreciates the support from family and the community.

"It kind of reminds you why you go and why you do what you do (and) why you deploy," Maj. Robert Anderson said. "It's just really good."

More than 100 members of the 123rd Airlift Wing remain on duty overseas. They are expected to return home later this summer.

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