Made it home yesterday thanks to the New York Air National Guard's 105th Airlift Wing flying C-17s. An aircraft and crew from the 105th came through Ramstein AB returning from down range and gave thirteen seats on their aircraft to space available passengers. The majority of the passengers were military retirees like me. I was seated next to a retired US Coast Guard warrant officer. Nice guy and boy, could that fella talk. By the time the nine hour flight was over I had heard more sea stories than you could count. The most interesting passengers were the two military working dogs and their handlers returning from Afghanistan. Those pooches were incredibly happy to finally get out of their carriers but at least their handlers were always within a few feet of their dogs all during the flight. It was an impressive aircraft and an interesting trip.
on the ramp at Maguire AFB, NJ after landing