Wednesday, November 21, 2012
This father could not have wished for a better welcome home.
Running as fast as he could, little Kieran Everett throws himself into the arms of Sgt Chris Everett for the first time since the RAF Marham II (AC) Squadron member was deployed to Afghanistan four months ago.
The delight on both their faces summed up the happiness, excitement and relief of everyone greeting their loved ones at the West Norfolk base yesterday.
Following the reunion, Sgt Evertee said: “It’s very good to be back, amazing in fact.”
His wife Carly Everett, who brought along six-year-old Kieran and four-year-old Kyara, added: “It’s great to see him back as it’s hard with two kids.
“He’s been to Afghanistan before but not for this long.”
The squadron, affectionately known as Shiny Two, celebrated its centenary this year and the homecoming was the culmination of a busy few months.
It was deployed on its second Operation Herrick tour in Afghanistan hard on the heels of a six-month stint on Operation Ellamy in Libya last year.
When Sergeant Neil Carpenter made his way through the crowds, he saw his 15-month-old daughter Lily-May walking for the first time and scooped her into his arms for a cuddle. He was welcomed home by wife Faye and sons George, six, and Harry, three, who were itching to see their dad.
“Just being a family again is fantastic,” he said. “I’ve missed them like you wouldn’t believe and it’s such a good feeling to come home.”
For more emotional images from yesterday’s homecoming, and a look back through past Norfolk homecomings, click on the links to our picture galleries.