As Madelina fussed, her mother, Melissa Sturges, 28, of Indianapolis, Ind., held her and talked about welcoming back her husband, Nicholas Sturges.
“He’s very excited. I am, too,” Melissa said. “He’s only seen her on Skype.”
Sturges is a member of the Port Clinton-based Coast Guard unit that returned Wednesday to the waters of Lake Erie, following a three-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.
His arrival marked the first time seeing his infant daughter in person.
About 70 members of Port Security Unit 309 returned home to the 179th Airlift Wing at Mansfield’s airport, having completed a stint guarding shipping at Kuwait Naval Base in Kuwait.
The crews manned escort boats that would meet ships several miles out of port, escorting them safely into port, said Lt. Steven “Andy” Frye, of Port Clinton, a logistics officer in the unit. There were no terrorist incidents during the deployment, he said.
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