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By J.G. Noll

Is there anything in the military community quite as wonderful or anticipated as a homecoming?

Often homecomings are highly romanticized and can become elaborate fantasies perpetuated by social media and “homecoming porn.” For spouses, the thought of that first embrace and kiss can make the long days and longer months more bearable. But for our tiniest members of the military community, homecomings are moments when Mom or Dad is no longer just a face on a screen or a distant memory. The joy and excitement of seeing their parent is immediate and electric.

1. A child embraces his father after forgetting his painstakingly made welcome home sign.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Senior Airman Ryan Conroy

2. A family of almost-four waits shiny-eyed for Daddy to show up and hold them.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ellen Hilkowski

3. A Marine and his son reconnect over a dufflebag.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Cpl. Julio McGraw

4. An exhausted young boy clings to his father’s shoulder.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS

5. It’s time to go home… finally.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Cpl. N.W. Huertas

6. Embraced by her father, this tiny patriot sheds a tear.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden

7. It’s the best day ever!

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Airman Dennis Spain

8. Waiting can be tough… but military kids know how to with style.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Airman Dennis Spain

9. This little girl runs into her dad’s open arms.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Michael H. Lee

10. This tiny tyke waits for the best birthday present… ever.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Airman Dennis Spain

11. A daughter greets her father on the tarmac.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Cpl. Zachary Orr

12. If you’ve ever attended even one homecoming, you know exactly how this little girl is feeling.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross

13. A little boy shares a moment of pride with his dad… and his dad’s hat.

13 photos of adorable military kids welcoming their parents home from deployment
Photo credit: DVIDS, Sgt. Lillian Stephens

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