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Pope Airmen Happy To Be Home For The Holidays

Posted December 24, 2001

— Some airmen at Pope Air Force Base came home from the war on terrorism just a few weeks ago. They said the best gift of all is being with their families.

Air Force Staff Sergeant Chris Yevchak is home for the holidays with his 22-month-old daughter, Ashlyn, and his wife, Julie. Yevchak said to be back at home seems like a Christmas wish.

"It's very special to be home with her," he said.

Just a few weeks ago, Yevchak was part of Operation Enduring Freedom, involved in transporting troops and equipment in Southwest Asia.

"You appreciate more being home and what you have and you kind of sit down, put things in perspective, and be thankful for what you have," he said.

The 28-year-old was gone for Thanksgiving, his deployment lasting more than three months. When he returned, his family was waiting with open arms.

"It's all that more special to be around family because when you are over there, they're who you think about every day," he said.

However, this Christmas, Yevchak will also be thinking about those servicemembers who continue to serve in the war on terrorism.

"Your heart goes out to those people still over there," he said.

About 200 other airmen returned from Operation Enduring Freedom with Yevchak.

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