A heartwarming homecoming

The first wave of the VP-1 Screaming Eagles squadron came home to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Aug. 20. The squadron was deployed for seven months. The rest of the squadron will trickle home through September, with the last batch of personnel expected in mid-September.

Rachel Gamble greets her husband, Petty Office First Class Tyson Gamble. Olivia, 2, is getting to know dad again. Rachel Gamble is expecting the couple’s second child in a few weeks. She’s glad he’s back in time.

The squadron participated in anti-submarine warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance. They also helped rescue fishermen from a sinking ship near the Philippines.