SAN ANTONIO – Thousands of military personnel crowded into San Antonio International Airport on Wednesday to head home for the holidays.
More than 3,000 service members from local Air Force, Army and Navy military installations arrived in the early morning hours to board planes for their destinations.
It's an exciting time for many of the soldiers, because it's the first time since that they joined the military they will get to see their loved ones.
"For some of us who didn't get to see our families during our training period, this is everything" said Anthony Rosado, of the U.S. Army, who is heading to Syracuse, New York. "For soldiers who are active and are duty stationed, this will probably be the last time we do go home, depending on your unit. So, it's the last time we can see family for a little while."
Some soldiers didn't tell their families they were coming home, so they could give them a big Christmas surprise.
Others can't wait to catch up on some sleep during the break.
"No more waking up at 4 or 5. I'd rather sleep until noon," said Alicia Owen, of the U.S. Army.