A special Father’s Day for returning troops, families at JBLM

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JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD — It was a Father’s Day to remember at JBLM Sunday as a group of 225 members of the 4th Stryker Brigade returned home from combat in Afghanistan.

It was also a big day for 5-month-old Grayson White, who had never seen before met this father, Army Spc. David White.

“I’m never going to be able to top this Father’s Day,” said a beaming Sheree White, David’s wife and Grayson’s father.

“It’s been hard raising a baby by myself… he’s never even held him,” Sheree said.

A hero’s welcome made even sweeter for a new dad.

“Cause I get to see my son, meet my son, it’s a good feeling,” David White said.

There were a lot of young dads in the group. Ashley Burnett’s daughter, Olivia, was just 3 months old when the soldiers deployed.

And Ashley Burnett is ready to have her husband home.

“I can’t put it into words; it’s the most amazing feeling,” she said.

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