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Published October 08, 2013, 10:25 PM

N.D. Air Guard members to arrive in Fargo from 6-month deployment

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Twenty-three air guard members are making their way home tonight from Afghanistan. The Fargo-based squad began their journey back at 6 this morning.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Twenty-three air guard members are making their way home tonight from Afghanistan. The Fargo-based squad began their journey back at 6 this morning.

They're scheduled to arrive anytime now at the Hector International Airport.

You can see all of the anticipation for the men and women to hop off the plane - And much deserved because these soldiers spent six months overseas and away from their family.

Kayla Mark, Wife of Air Guard Member: "She wasn’t even walking when he left."

This is Violet. Her daddy's name is Daniel.

He deployed for the second time, when she was just 13 months old.

Mark: “Definitely was different with a baby around. She kept me busy. There were pros and cons but he missed but he missed out on a lot of firsts. So that was pretty hard."

Kayla Mark and the baby have kept in contact, chatting at least once a week over Facetime.

“She usually get to talk to him about once a week on Facetime. So that’s really nice. She can at least get to see and recognize the face.”

That face and many more are scheduled to land in Fargo on flight 31-17, including 21-year-old Brandon Gibson.

Chief Master Sgt. James Gibson, N.D. National Guard: “When he was little, he always talked about going into the military.”

By Military standards, this is the Senior Enlisted Leader of the North Dakota National Guard.

By family standards, he's also a father.

“I remember the day I took him to the airport. It was cold, end of February day. It was dark, early, and I remember that day clearly and now tonight we’ll get to see him again.”

So, despite the time they arrive, or the time that's gone by. The 119th Security Forces squadron is coming home.

Mark: “Very excited, cannot wait, right? Are we excited to see daddy?”

It looks like the flight has been delayed, flight 31-17 hasn't landed quite yet. But you can bet these families will be anxiously awaiting until it does.

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