Airman reunites with his family in the airport after a year in South Korea

Daytona Beach — Barbara Williams stood at the entrance of Gate 6 on Saturday at the Daytona Beach International Airport, bouncing on her feet in anticipation while craning her neck to see if she could spot her son.

It had been over a year since she’d seen him last and communication between the two was sparse due to the overwhelming time difference during his deployment in South Korea.

“I can’t wait to see him,” Williams said. “I bet he’s the last one on the plane.”

And when 37-year-old Master Sgt. Rex “Danny” Thompson stepped out of the plane William’s face lit up as she and her husband Steve lifted up a banner saying “Welcome home Danny, thank you for your service.”

The entire terminal clapped their hands as Thompson walked up to his mother and pulled her into a hug.

“This is the first time I’ve ever been greeted welcome home,” he said. “This is my fifth tour so I wasn’t expecting this at all.”

Thompson has been in the Air Force for the past 10 years. He’s home for two weeks before his next deployment to Ramstein, Germany.

“That was just so unexpected,” Thompson said while hugging his mother. “I’m happy to be home for the holidays here in Florida where it’s warm.”

While he’s home, Thompson is just looking to rest at his family’s Palm Coast home, spend time with his family, relax and eat some good food — specifically his mother’s lasagna.

Danny Thompson gets welcomed home on leave from the Air Force at Daytona International Airport in Daytona Beach, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019. [News-Journal/Nigel Cook]

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