An Army soldier, MSG Gregory Lenski, returns home to his family after being away for 11 months. He had expected to be deployed for six months, but the deployment got extended. As he boarded the airplane to head back to Ft. Riley, Kansas, Lenski felt a shift in focus. He was now more excited to see his family than to be done with his job. Coming home is always a special moment for Lenski, and he believes it is even more significant for the younger soldiers. Walking down the steps of the airplane and being greeted by their division leadership is an important recognition for them. As for Lenski, it was the little things that he missed the most. He looked forward to having home-cooked meals, being on the same time zone as his kids, and re-engaging in normal activities like going to church and seeing his dogs. The anticipation of seeing his family built up as Lenski waited for the welcome ceremony to begin. It felt like being in a tunnel before a sports game, and he eagerly waited to embrace his loved ones. Finally, the ceremony started, and Lenski was able to hug his family, an experience he had been looking forward to for 11 months. He expressed how important family is, and how being away from them makes him realize his own importance to them. This heartwarming story reminds us of the sacrifices military members make and the joy of reuniting with loved ones after extended periods apart.