Airman returns home and meets his youngest son for the first time

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - Seven months, that's how long an airman was away from his family, but Saturday night he returned home and met his youngest son for the first time.

As people at Rapid City Regional Airport prepared for their flights and looked for their luggage, Haylee Fedrick waited nervously for her husband's return.

"Really anxious, I haven't seen him in so long, like the beginning of August and I'm just really anxious and excited," she says.

Staff Sgt. Benjamin Fedrick spent seven months in South Korea, missing the birth of his youngest son Everett.

"I remember staying up for over 36 hours just to wait for the phone call and now I'm here with him and it's amazing," he says.

Missing his son's birth wasn't ideal, but duty to his country came first.

"I knew that was a part of the job when I signed up and I knew I was going to hate it, but I'm out doing my job so my kids have a brighter future for themselves," says Fedrick.

This is only a visit for Fedrick, in a few weeks he'll go back to South Korea to finish his year-long tour. Still, this is more than just time off from work.

"It's just a wave of emotion. I don't know really how to explain it other than, I'm home and all I want to do is hold my family. I haven't seen them in seven months at this point. That's all I want to do," he says.