A highly-anticipated homecoming in Lemoore

LEMOORE, Calif.

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These pilots stationed at Lemoore Naval Air Station returned home from a six-month deployment in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Family and friends big and small came out to greet them with plenty of happy tears, hugs and kisses.

The pilots say even just the anticipation of coming home is an emotional journey.

"Not much sleep the last couple days we do a lot of time zone changes but it's really about the excitement and being able to come home," said Marcel Leblanc. "I didn't sleep last night I was so excited. It's like Christmas morning for us you know, if you can think back to that, that's exactly what it is."

The pilots will be home for several months before being deployed again.

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