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Sailor proud of Navy position, happy to be home

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - With family friends and Welcome Home Soldier members on hand, Navy Petty Officer David Gomez, 23, returned home after a 2-year absence.

"When I saw him it was like, it's a relief to finally get to see him!" said Pat Gomez, the sailor's mom.

Gomez says he is just happy to see his family and receive those long missed hugs.

"I saw all the bikes and I thought it was a bike rally," said the sailor.

Gomez is a Navy welder who does the obscure job of keeping the Pacific sub fleet sea-worthy in Guam. It is a job he is proud of.

"Our job is to keep those submarines out to sea," said Gomez.

His family is as proud as if he were a front line soldier.

"I'm very proud of him, yes I am," said his mom. "Just to be able to hold him and give him a hug...he's my baby."

It was a welcome that sends the message that just because you did not fight in Iraq or Afghanistan, it does not mean your service is any less appreciated.

"Greatest welcome home ever," said Gomez.

He is home on leave for three weeks, before going to his next duty station: Camp Pendleton, California.

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