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Airmen Welcomed Home At Selfridge Air National Guard Base

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Staff Sgt. Kevin Burch who held his nearly 4 month old son for the first time upon his arrival at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

Staff Sgt. Kevin Burch who held his nearly 4 month old son for the first time upon his arrival at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. (WWJ Photo/Pat Sweeting)

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HARRISON TWP. (WWJ) - Airmen stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base returned home, Thursday, after several months away.

During the months she was deployed with the Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Civil Engineering Squadron out of Selfridge, Master Sgt. Alicia Lewis said she was able to rest easy, knowing she had loved ones taking care of business back in Michigan.

She missed her son’s high school graduation, but she will be able to see him receive his diploma via videotape, recorded by her family and friends.

Lewis told WWJ Newsradio 950′s Pat Sweeting those same friends and family members never failed to let her know she wasn’t forgotten.

“I couldn’t have asked for better support, from my church; from my family who sent me care packages and called on the Skype; from my close friends who took care of things at home,” she said.

For Nicole Burch of Clawson, Thursday’s was a very special reunion. Her now nearly four-month-old son, Mason, arrived six weeks early, while her husband, Staff Sgt. Kevin Burch, was deployed in the Middle East.

On the upside, her husband was with her as their baby was born, via the web.

“Through a couple other spouses we were able to get ahold of him, and he was there for the delivery via Skype,” said Burch as her husband held his son for the first time after his unit arrived at Selfridge.

Staff Sgt. Birch will get into the swing of things quickly. His wife tells us there’s a lot of yard work to be done before the staff sergeant’s welcome home party

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