Lemoore Naval Officers Call Bin Laden Burial "Another Day on the Job"
By: Ashley Ritchie
You could say Lieutenant Commander Stephen Dean's family is a little anxious.
"I can't wait to have the kids in his arms and give him a big hug," Rebecca Dean, Stephen's wife, said.
This kind of "anticipation of an arrival" is something Claire Nesmith knows well.
Her baby girl is due next month, which means Daddy will be home just in time to say hello.
"Really excited, it's been a long time coming," Nesmith said.
The Reed family flew in from Virginia to welcome home their son, Lieutenant Sean Reed.
"It's not easy. You miss them. You wish you could talk to them," Krystyne Reed, Sean's mom, said.
"He told me when he saw an air force fighter take off one day, he said, you know what, that's what I'm going to do," Sam Reed, Sean's dad, said.
"I think it's awesome. I can't wait," Christian Angier, Sean's nephew, said.
And after seven long months, the wait was finally over.
"They're bigger, they're cuter if that were possible," Lieutenant Commander Stephen Dean said about his two kids.
"It feels great, couldn't be happier. I missed a lot of it. But it's good to be home," Lieutenant Brad Nesmith said.
During their deployment, these naval officers were part of Osama Bin Laden's burial at sea.
But no matter how hard we tried, their lips were sealed.
"I've been proud to serve for a long time. As far as specifics go, I don't have any comment on that," Dean said.
"It was just another day on the job," Nesmith said.
Their families, however, couldn't hide their feelings.
"This whole squadron, this whole boat, the Carl Vinson is part of history. So I'm very proud of that fact," Krystyne Reed said.
"I'm like, yeah, that was my husband, not really, but yeah," Claire Nesmith said.
"He's part of history and they have a chance to support a very important operation for the United States. So I couldn't be prouder," Sam Reed said.
On Wednesday afternoon, about 600 sailors from the USS Carl Vinson and more aircrew will come home to Lemoore.
The USS Carl Vinson is a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier home ported in San Diego.
The ship left San Diego last November.