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Family and friends welcome home soldier

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - A local soldier is home tonight with his family--just in time for Christmas--after spending nearly a year in the Middle East.

Friends and family of Master Sergeant Jon Fields met him at Lawton-Fort Sill Regional Airport this morning to welcome him home. Fields deployed to Kuwait back in January where he helped monitor and control the entire communications network for the U.S. Army across Southwest Asia. 

Fields said he didn't know for sure what his family had planned for his return today.

"But I had a feeling that my son was cooking something up and my family...It's a very nice surprise coming home. Very good homecoming,” Fields said.

Following Fields' greeting at the airport, about a dozen cars with American flags all came together to give him a full escort back to his house.

"He's a well-liked guy and we've got a lot of family and friends who support us and so it means a lot that they took the time to just greet him home and tell him hello,” Said Fields’ wife Christine Fields.

"It's heartwarming, it really is. We don't do this for things like this but it's definitely nice," Jon Fields said.

Christine Fields said today was important, not just for her husband, but for everyone who came out, because it gave them a chance to show how much they appreciate him and his service to the country.

"They make a lot of sacrifices by being away from their families, away from the comforts of home and he has definitely sacrificed a lot by being there,” said Christine Fields. “So we want him and all soldiers to know that we value what they do, we don't take that for granted."

Now that he's home, Fields said he's most excited about simply getting back the life he remembers.

“Spending time with family and friends, settling in and trying to get back to a normal life. Going to bed at a normal time, waking up at a normal time. and just being with family,” said Fields.

Fields, who is in the Army reserves, is also employed at Comanche County Memorial Hospital. He said the last few days trying to get home were tough but he got by simply by focusing on seeing his family and friends again and knowing they were waiting for him.

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