Oregon Guardsman Home For Christmas

By Bryan Navarro

MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s a Christmas homecoming. A National Guardsman is home in time for Christmas after almost half a year serving overseas. On one of the busiest travel days of the year, at least one local serviceman is home for the holidays.

Airports see it all the time, people waving hello and goodbye. During the holidays the emotions run a bit higher, and for one Medford family today, the feelings couldn’t be any stronger.

Kyle Tecmire’s flight was supposed to land at 12:15 p.m. So, it caught the family a bit by surprise when just before noon, he walked into the terminal. About dozen family members from several generations, from his great aunt, mother, two brothers, his wife and 9 and 4-year-old kids. He was deployed in late July to Qatar, where he set up computer equipment.

What was supposed to be a three-month deployment got stretched into five. Today, his family welcomed him, with yellow balloons in hand and warm messages in their hearts. Earlier Friday, family hung dozens of yellow ribbons on Kyle’s Street, marking the way home. On his garage door, a sign handmade by his kids.

A few weeks ago, Kyle’s four-year-old Kendall sat on Santa’s lap and told him, “Take your sleigh to Qatar, and bring my daddy back here for Christmas.” The family says it was because of that wish that Kyle is here today.