Homecomings are always emotional and stirring moments. From the nervous anticipation to the wide-open hugs and longed-for kisses, those first precious moments are ones that every military spouse, significant other, family member, and service member dreams of and holds dear. And for some military couples, homecomings are where the next chapter of military life and their relationships are written.
1. Pure joy
Ensign Jonathan Brown, from Tucson, Ariz., presents his girlfriend with an engagement ring after returning from a summer patrol aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington. George Washington is the U.S. Navy’s only forward-deployed aircraft carrier and is the flagship of Commander Task Force 70. 2. The question
U.S. Army Sgt. David Puckett, a military policeman from the 561st Military Police Company, 716th Military Police Battalion, gets down on one knee and proposes to his girlfriend Jessica, at a welcome home ceremony in the passenger processing center, Fort Campbell, Ky., July 6, 2012. Jessica accepted his proposal and Puckett placed an engagement ring on her finger. (U.S. Army photo by Sam Shore/Released) 3. The ring
Staff Sgt. Adam Hill places an engagement ring on Lindsay Miller’s finger April 20, 2016, after she accepted his proposal on the flightline at the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard in Swanton, Ohio. More than 200 Airmen from the 180FW were assigned to the 112th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron while deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region in support of a Theater Security Package, promoting stability and security throughout the region. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shane Hughes)
First Lt. Douglas “Jolly” Foss, 95th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor pilot, puts an engagement ring on his fiancée’s finger at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Feb. 13, 2016. Foss proposed after getting back from a temporary deployment to Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cody R. Miller/Released) 5. On one knee
Spc. Derek Pursell, an information technology specialist with 702nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, proposes to his girlfriend, Tanesha Parker during a welcome home ceremony, July 24, at Soldiers Field House on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Pursell, a Cincinnati native, served nine months in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. Public Affairs Office) 6. Their own little world
Indiana National Guard Capt. Logan Goettler, of Indianapolis and Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery commander, proposes marriage to his girlfriend, Amanda Cook, Nov. 27. The couple has been together for nearly two years. Goettler returned to Hoosier soil after a nine-month deployment to Iraq with the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. 7. The excitement
Capt. Tyler Oldham, 20th Special Operations Squadron, places an engagement ring on the hand of Megan Mullins, his fiancée, at the redeployment line at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Sept. 4, 2011.Family and friends of the returning Air Commando’s gathered at the redeployment line to welcome their loved ones home.
By J.G. Noll