MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A member of our armed services stationed overseas returned to the states the night of Wednesday, June 10. Senior Tech Third Class Zane Mays of the Coast Guard arrived at Mobile Regional Airport to a hero's welcome with his family present.
Nothing means more to Mays than hugs and kisses from his daughter, especially after 14 months away from her.
The MK3 was deployed to Bahrain, supporting the Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, helping train the militaries of our Middle Eastern allies.
Wednesday night, however, his family gathered to welcome home the 27-year-old.
"It's pretty crazy; it's overwhelming," Mays said. "It feels fantastic to be back home. Glad to be back home with the kid, the wife and the soon to be little boy."
His aunt, Rhonda Byrd, is proud of his service and happy to have him home.
"We're just really, really pleased and proud of what he has done for our country while he has been over there. All the men and women who go over there and come back- and are not coming back, we're just very, very grateful," Byrd said.
For Zane, the return home couldn't come at a better time. He gets few months home with family before the birth of his son.
"I'm so excited," said his wife Emily Mays. "It has worked out great, so we're excited and we're getting a little boy, so we're ready to be a family again."
Mays is currently stationed in Galveston, Texas. His son is due in November.
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