Columbia, SC (WLTX)-- Governor Nikki Haley and her family joined about 200 friends and family members welcoming home Michael Haley and his 40 fellow soldiers from Afghanistan.
Haley says Michael Haley's return Thursday means the family just got their Christmas gift.
The South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers returned after a 10-month tour helping Afghan farmers as an agricultural support team.
The soldiers left in January for a month of training in Indiana before being deployed.
Inside the hanger at eagle aviation more than 40 families were eagerly awaiting the return of their loved ones.
There were signs, balloons and children who haven't seen their parents in months.
And, there are husbands like Captain Nathan Young. He's also a member of the guard and he's served in Iraq.
The nervous energy and excitement grew as the doors opened and the moment so many were waiting months for became a reality.
"It feels great to have her home I can't describe it. ", Captain Young says.
1st Lietuenant Ashley Young has been in the National Guard for 12 years. The only person more excited to see her than her husband, is probably her mother.
They are looking forward to celebrating Lieutenant Young's 30th birthday Friday.
Lieutenant Young says, "I now appreciate why people say thank you for your service."