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Warriors of the North return from deployment

Steven Hayes Jr., 2, holds a sign for his dad Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D. Steven and his mom, Lane, spent the last six months separated from their father and husband Senior Airman Steven Hayes, 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance journeyman, while he was deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

Steven Hayes Jr., 2, holds a sign for his dad Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D. Steven and his mom, Lane, spent the last six months separated from their father and husband Senior Airman Steven Hayes, 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance journeyman, while he was deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

Senior Airman Steven Hayes; 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance journeyman; and Staff Sgt. Brandon Peterson; 69th MXS aircraft maintenance craftsman; return from deployment and are welcomed home by their families on Grand Forks International Airport; N.D.; Dec. 9; 2016. Many deployed Airmen will be returning home just in time for the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Senior Airman Steven Hayes; 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance journeyman; and Staff Sgt. Brandon Peterson; 69th MXS aircraft maintenance craftsman; return from deployment and are welcomed home by their families on Grand Forks International Airport; N.D.; Dec. 9; 2016. Many deployed Airmen will be returning home just in time for the holiday season. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Elijaih Tiggs)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Peterson, 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance craftsman, hugs his son Kayden, 1, Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D. Peterson spent the last six months deployed and wasn’t able to see son or wife, Hailey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

Staff Sgt. Brandon Peterson, 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance craftsman, hugs his son Kayden, 1, Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D. Peterson spent the last six months deployed and wasn’t able to see son or wife, Hailey. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

Leadership from the 69th Maintenance Squadron welcome home Airmen from their squadron Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D. Airmen with the 69th MXS deploy regularly and work to ensure the mission of the 69th Reconnaissance Group is completed at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

Leadership from the 69th Maintenance Squadron welcome home Airmen from their squadron Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D. Airmen with the 69th MXS deploy regularly and work to ensure the mission of the 69th Reconnaissance Group is completed at home and abroad. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)

GRAND FORKS AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- Steven Hayes Jr., 2, holds a sign for his dad Dec. 9, 2016, in Grand Forks, N.D. Steven and his mom, Lane, spent the last six months separated from their father and husband Senior Airman Steven Hayes, 69th Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance journeyman, while he was deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ryan Sparks)