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Military dad returns home for third time

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Jenny and Eric Moffat with their kids after Eric's arrival back to Evansville Jenny and Eric Moffat with their kids after Eric's arrival back to Evansville
Aiden Moffat, 3-years-old, waiting for daddy to return Aiden Moffat, 3-years-old, waiting for daddy to return

One little boy anxiously waits as the plane carrying his hero lands at the Evansville Regional Airport.

An Evansville man who's been serving in Afghanistan for close to a year is back home on Friday night. 1st Lt. Eric Moffat had quite the homecoming from his wife, daughter Katie, and son Aiden who doesn't let his dad miss a beat.

Three-and-a-half-year-old Aiden watched anxiously as a big plane delivered an even bigger hero, and he wanted everyone to know about the special person that was on that plane.

Adien proudly donned his army fatigues which his dad sent him. Family, friends, supporters, and Rolling Thunder flooded the Evansville Regional Airport to give 1st Lt. Moffat the homecoming he deserved.

"I think I'm most excited for Aiden right now," says Jenny Moffat, Eric's wife. "I think this has been hardest on him, just that he's had to adjust to his biggest hero and the person that's been the main person in his life has been gone."

Aiden plans to keep his dad busy on the home front. This is Eric's third deployment with the Army National Guard, but this past year has been much different than any before.

"We're used to him being away, but first time we've had to do it with little ones and big adjustment," says Jenny.

Eric knows the challenges his wife has taken on who left when his daughter was just two-months-old.

"Katie was so little when I left, so now that she's over a year old, and got some getting to know each other before she'll be comfortable with me I'm sure," says Eric.

Possibly the biggest change, Katie is on the move. This is the first time Eric has gotten to see his little girl walk and tears weren't in short supply. His homecoming was a surprise.

It certainly is a special experience getting to be at an emotional homecoming, and 14 News is glad the Moffat family has their hero home.

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