Family gives marine a warm welcome home

Cpl. Breanne Crandell hugs family members as she returns home from Afghanistan Saturday.

Corporal Breanne Crandell, of the U.S. Marine Corps, was surprised to find her entire family waiting for her when she touched down at Cherry Capital Airport Saturday afternoon. Cpl. Crandell was returning from a six month deployment in Afghanistan.

She happily embraced each member of her family. Some members of the family even held signs up for Cpl. Crandell, welcoming her home.

Service to the country runs in the Crandell family, as Cpl. Crandell's father, CWO-5 Kevin Crandell, is preparing to retire from the Marines in March after 31 years of active duty.

CWO-5 Crandell said that watching his daughter follow in his footsteps gives him great pride.

"What can you say? You know, she's 23-years-old, like I said, three-and-a-half years in the military, and following as close to dad's footsteps as she can," he said. (I'm) very proud, absolutely."

Cpl. Crandell said that it's great to be back around family and that there's no place like home.

"Being home just relieves everything, makes it worthwhile, what I do," she said.

Cpl. Crandell gets to stay home for 18 days before heading to Cherry Point, N.C., where she will be stationed for the next year-and-a-half.