JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- When Specialist Eduardo Torres turned the corner and saw his family Tuesday, the emotions were unexplainable. Our cameras were rolling at the airport as the hugs and kisses started flying.
"I'm just thankful. I don't think I could have done it without the support of my family, especially my wife and my son," he said.
Torres is coming off of a 10-month deployment to Afghanistan with the 345th Combat Support Hospital.
He left behind his wife and then seven-month-old son Ivan, who's now 18 months old and running around like a spring chicken.
"This isn't real. I can't believe I'm holding him," he continued.
Family members spent Tuesday putting last minute touches on posters and coordinating matching t-shirts.
At least 30 showed up to welcome him home.
"It's been a long 10 months and I'm just happy he made it back home safe," wife Wendy Maradiaga said.
Torres missed a number of milestones, including his son's first steps and his sister's graudation from high school. Now that he's home, he hopes to hit the ground running.
"I want a good, home cooked meal," he said with a smile.
"We're going to barbecue and have some adult beverages. We're just going to party," father Santos Torres said.
Once Torres slows down and catches his breath, he'll go down to Miami and finish his schooling at Florida International University. The plan is to study biomedic engineering.