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Soldier comes home after fulfilling lifelong dream

Friends and family all stood by waiting for his plane to arrive. Friends and family all stood by waiting for his plane to arrive.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - One East Texas family picked up some very precious cargo from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport Wednesday. Private First Class Christopher McCormick arrived home to quite the crowd after a nine month deployment in Afghanistan. Friends and family all stood by waiting for his plane to arrive.

The moment has been a longtime coming, one Christopher’s father said the family had prepared for even before Christopher officially joined the Army.

“When he decided this, you know, as a parent you kind of get nervous and scared, but you have to be proud,” Howard Wyer, Christopher’s father, said. “I mean, everybody says they don’t want them to fight and go over there, but every military parent has to be the proudest people in America and today I’m one of them.”

Because today, his son came home to a true heroes welcome.

“He don’t expect all this welcome home stuff, but I know inside he’s going to love it, and we’re just excited,” he said.

This moment, as McCormick walked into the airport, his father says the fears he had held on to for the past 9 months disappeared.

“It’s an amazing feeling. I love my family here. I have a lot of good friends here and a lot of family that’s not really family and it just feels really good to be home,” McCormick said.

As he took it all in Wednesday, he remembered the moment so long ago that determined his future.

“Ever since I was in third grade, I was living outside of Ft. Hood, Tex. I used to see the soldiers all the time and said, ‘I want to be in the military,’ and ever since then that’s just been my dream and here I am today,” he remembered.

A lifelong dream he now plans to make a lifelong career. McCormick says he plans to go to air assault school and continue his work in the army.

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