Family and friends gathered at the Lubbock International Airport this evening to welcome home a local hero with cheers, tears and applause.
Sgt. Jamel James has been serving overseas for the last eight months and tonight he arrived back in Lubbock just after 9p.m.
James has been enlisted in the air force for the past seven years and was deployed to Afghanistan last July and hasn't seen his family since.
Tonight they were reunited and both James and his family says they couldn't be happier.