Heroes welcomed home

"Once again, members of the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron have not only made 
our unit proud, but, more importantly, they have done our service proud with 
another tremendous effort during this six-month-long deployment to 
Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Susan Riordan-Smith, commander, 45th CES. "It's 
Airmen like you who make a difference, and we are all so glad you are back 
home with us and your families. This was a job well-done!" she said.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/James Rainer)

"Once again, members of the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron have not only made our unit proud, but, more importantly, they have done our service proud with another tremendous effort during this six-month-long deployment to Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Susan Riordan-Smith, commander, 45th CES. "It's Airmen like you who make a difference, and we are all so glad you are back home with us and your families. This was a job well-done!" she said. (U.S. Air Force Photo/James Rainer)

Staff Sgt. Jason Lester, a Power Pro Journeyman, assigned with the 45th Civil 
Engineer Squadron, shares hugs with his wife, Yvonne, and daughter Ja'Nelle, 
2, as the group of Airmen returned to Melbourne International Airport Feb. 16. 
They were deployed to Camp Marmal, Afghanistan.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/James Rainer)

Staff Sgt. Jason Lester, a Power Pro Journeyman, assigned with the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, shares hugs with his wife, Yvonne, and daughter Ja'Nelle, 2, as the group of Airmen returned to Melbourne International Airport Feb. 16, 2013. They were deployed to Camp Marmal, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo/James Rainer)

Staff Sgt. Alexander Colburn, an Electrical Journeyman assigned with the 45th 
Civil Engineer Squadron, is greeted by his wife, Holly and 10-month old 
daughter Hailey when the CE team returned to Melbourne International Airport 
Feb. 16. They were deployed to Camp Marmal, Afghanistan.
(U.S. Air Force Photo/James Rainer)

Staff Sgt. Alexander Colburn, an Electrical Journeyman assigned with the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron, is greeted by his wife, Holly and 10-month old daughter Hailey when the CE team returned to Melbourne International Airport Feb. 16, 2013. They were deployed to Camp Marmal, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force Photo/James Rainer)

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- A total of 18 members from the 45th Civil Engineer Squadorn returned to Melbourne Interational Airport Feb.16 after a six-month deployement to Camp Marmal, Afghanistan.

Among those deployed were Staff Sgt. Alexander Colburn, an Electrical Journeyman, who was greeted by his wife Holly and 10-month-old daughter Haliey; and Staff Sgt. Jason Lester, a Power Pro Journeyman, who was welcomed by his wife Yvonne and his 2-year-old daughter Ja'Nelle.

The 45th Civil Engineer Squadron commander was also there to welcome the returning Airmen. 

"Once again, members of the 45th Civil Engineer Squadron have not only made  our unit proud, but, more importantly, they have done our service proud with  another tremendous effort during this six-month-long deployment to  Afghanistan," said Lt. Col. Susan Riordan-Smith, commander, 45th CES. "It's  Airmen like you who make a difference, and we are all so glad you are back  home with us and your families. This was a job well-done!" she said.