Airman receives warm welcome home

January 10, 2008 4:37:32 PM PST
It was like Christmas in January for Major Tom Breen.

The Air Force pilot didn't make it home for the holidays, so taking his daughters, 2-year-old Nicole and 10-month-old Audrey, into his embrace is the gift he longed for.

Breen, a career military man, moved around a lot with his family before settling in Marlton last spring when stationed at McGuire Air Force Base. By August, he was headed to Iraq on his ninth deployment.

It's been challenging for his wife, who is doing her last year of residency in her quest to become a family physician.

The homecoming of neighbors, friends and a mammoth flag hoisted above a fire truck was a surprise.

"It says everyone out here appreciates what we're doing. I wish every servicemen could get this coming home," said Maj. Breen.

The Yellow Ribbon Club sponsored the hero's welcome. A local woman runs the organization. She has helped coordinate celebrations for nine military members coming home to Evesham Township so far.

"So that they know we appreciate them. That they know we admire what they do," said Leslie Drummond.