They spent six months at sea, fighting in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now 500 servicemen and -women from the Marine Corps Air Station in Beaufort are finally back home. Their homecoming got pushed back last night, but by 10pm, they were streaming off the bus and into the arms of friends and family.
The Marine Fighter Squadron 312 has been aboard the USS Enterprise where they were serving as support personnel for thirty six F/A-18s.
Sgt Adam Zybert said he is "just happy to be home. It's been a long time, it's a hardship. You accept that when you do the job. But when you come home and see this, it's all worth it."
Zybert and the other servicemen and -women had a long trip, even after they landed on American soil. They had to hop on buses from Jacksonville before getting to their welcome home party four hours later.
The jet fighters they've been working on arrived home earlier this week.