29 local sailors returned home to their families at Naval Air Station Jacksonville on Tuesday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jennifer Sanchez stood with other families waiting patiently for the plane to land at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

“So excited for him to see how big these kids have gotten,” Sanchez said.

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Her four boys have missed their father, Executive Officer Cmdr. Frank Sanchez.

On Tuesday, 29 sailors with the “Mad Foxes” of Patrol Squadron 5 reunited with their family members. That’s out of a crew of 300.

Their deployment lasted six months.

Erin Singleton told Action News Jax she’s happy her husband will be back to see the birth of his new baby.

“Yes, a girl finally! I found out I was pregnant a week after he left so we’re ready to have him home,” Singleton said.

These sailors were based at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, where they did training exercises and various missions including a search and rescue mission back in December.

“Our squadron located two mariners that had been lost at sea for a couple of days, saving their lives in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Air Force,” Frank Sanchez said.

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After six months of waiting for her husband, Jennifer Sanchez could barely hold back the tears.

“Just ready for him to come home. He’s the most dedicated hands on, hardworking man that I have ever met,” she said.