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12/13/08

Lubbock Soldier Home For The Holidays

A very special gift arrived in Lubbock this morning. It wasn't wrapped or placed under a tree. No, this gift walked off a plane at the Lubbock International Airport. That's when the Moore family celebrated the return of their soldier son, after he spent more than a year in Iraq.

The holidays are a time for presents, parties, and most importantly family. No one knows that better than the family and friends of Sgt. Chris Moore. "It's wonderful.  Its well, Christmas is a great time of year, but when you get back your loved ones, and he's coming back in real good shape. We're just real happy to have him come back," said Moore's Great Uncle, James Wuensche. 

Family and Friends gathered at the airport Saturday morning bursting with excitement and ready to welcome home their soldier. After more than a year in Iraq, Moore walked off the plane.  He was greeted with lots of hugs, signs, and a few tears of joy. "It's great to be home. It's been too long," Moore said to the crowd. 

"When I walked through the doors, just seeing my mother with tears in her eyes, because I've been waiting for that moment for the past year and a half," said Moore. "I was jumping, and I was like... I can't believe it. It was so exciting, and he looks incredible," replied his mother Donna. 

Everyone Moore expected met him at the airport, and one special person he didn't expect.  His girlfriend, Kimberly, drove in from San Antonio for the long awaited day. "She showed up today, which I didn't expect her to. That was awesome. I love her," said Moore. 

For the Moore family, it will be a very merry Christmas. "It's going to be unimaginable. It's going to be so special. Unlike any other holiday.  Family means so much," said Donna.

Sgt. Moore will serve in the U.S. Army until 2010.  His next stop is Germany, but they don't expect him to be deployed again.

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