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Surprise proposal, hugs and kisses mark Langley-Eustis homecoming
More than 100 servicemembers got a rousing reception from family and friends at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia on Thursday. One well-wisher was taken aback when her Air Force boyfriend dropped to one knee, stretched out his hands with an engagement ring and proposed. Soon after, they celebrated with a kiss.
‘Every tear I cried, he wiped away. He was the most amazing man’
On the morning of Jan. 5 — the day her son, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew McClintock, died in combat — Joyce Montoya- Helgesen got a news alert that a U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan. It unnerved her. She prayed, “Please, don’t let it be Matthew.” The whole day at work, she felt unsettled and went home early.

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