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Kim Johnson ReportingThey almost made it home last night, but fog forced members of the 421st fighter squadron to divert to Las Vegas. Foggy weather threatened the landing again this morning. The plane was forced into a holding pattern, but a little break in the skies let the aircraft land and made for many happy reunions.

Word that the plane had broken through the fog and landed brought cheers and a little celebratory dancing too. Five months without her husband was long enough for Jennifer Miller.

Three weeks after she said, "I do”, she said good-bye to her husband who left for Iraq with the 421st fighter squadron. Her husband Matthew took last night's delay to Vegas in stride, but now that he's home he says he plans to, “Hold onto her and never let her go.”

Jennifer Miller: “I’m so full of pride. To have him home is just the most incredible feeling in the world. Like it said, there are no words to explain it.”

And no words to explain another reunion of Mother and child.

Sonya Neuman, Senior Airman, 421st Fighter Squadron: “When we got here and saw the cloud cover we thought, ‘Please don’t make us turn around!’ I’m so very thankful to be on the ground. It was a long trip.”

And a long time for Dad to manage at home.

Cameron Neuman: “One day at a time. I had it a little easier because I had her (daughter) to take car of and keep me busy, but it’s tough when mom is away.”

But moms and dads, sons and daughters are finally home. Twelve F-16's, and 35 more soldiers were due back today, but got snowed-in in Ohio. They'll spend the weekend at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, and hope to fly home to Hill Monday.

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