Saturday, June 7, 2008


The sign says it all.

The next two pictures are rather grainy because they were taken from a live feed from McCord AFB.
This is the plane waiting for the stairs to be put in place.

And finally, our soldier,left profile, on the ground.
This is still from the live video, and of Matt during processing.
I got a couple of him walking across the tarmac after getting off the plane, but they didn't come out very good.

I'm sorry I didn't get to post these last night, or this morning that is, but we were busy talking until after 0400.
We fly home tomorrow where I'll have had time to digest all of this, and post more.
God bless all who have supported us for these last 14 months.
You'll never know how much it has meant.


  1. Congrats to all. Welcome back to the States Matt and thank you for your service.

    I have officially taken Matt's address that was taped to my computer and thrown it away.

    Dad, I am hopeful that you have now caught your breath.

  2. Yay!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to hear he's home, safe and now.. Dad... deeeeep breath. You can turn off the phone. you can sleep.


  3. "Dad,

    Hoorah for all!!!

    As LAW said tonight you will sleep for the first time in over a year.

    Please let Matt know not only my wife, and I but many people and relatives I talk to on a daily basis know and have prayed for Matt's safe return.

    Another child safe and another family at ease.

    G-d bless you 'Dad and as everyone else tell Matt we sincerely give thanks to him for his service, honor, and dedication.

    Now rest, look at your son and just relax.


  4. Thanks again all.
    Matt Spent the night at the hotel with us. The night as it was.
    we got to bed around 0500, and I couldn't help but sneek a peak at him every now and then.
    Sort of like being affraid that it was a dream.
    I probably slept about an hour.
    We spent the day out shopping, and had a nice dinner in Tacoma, and went to a casino and lost some money.
    All things that he wanted to do.
    Except the money thing.
    I hope to catch som sleep on the plane tomorrow, but we'll see how that goes.
    Thanks again to all.

  5. awww Dad, you sound like a man with a newborn....peeking in all night long.

    Crying tears of joy for your family.

    Enjoy every second.


    And, Welcome back to the good old Land of the Red, White & Blue.

    A happy ending for all concerned. Now, get some good old, American R&R.

  7. Congratulations to both of you, and Matt, thank you so very much for your service to this great country. Glad to see your home safe and sound...

    ...and Dad, as LAW stated, now you can sleep soundly.....

  8. Thanks MM, Chief and Cookie.
    Tonight I will sleep, maybe. It's 82 and humid as hell here in the north east. Late August weather, and I don't have the ac in the window yet.
    A minor problem compared to the last 14 months.
    We didn't get in from WA last night untill 2:00 AM and even though I slept in for a couple extra hours, I'm spent.
    Thanks again.
    I you are ever in need of support, you have a friend.

  9. Dad,

    Glad you are back...and hoping you get some rest. I know you will be happy when Matt gets block leave.

    Gayle will be flying into New Hampshire Thursday and my niece will pick her up for a wedding shower during the weekend. If she brings our hot weather with her, you best get your AC up and running. 92 in the shade with a sea

    The whole family will be up in Boston for the wedding on July 26. Gayle and I fly back Tuesday the 29th. Lobster?