They were greeted by tears, hugs, and applause - from family members who say they were gone far too long.
Paula Renon couldn't wait for her son, to walk through the door.
"I feel like I want to cry I'm so excited, I can't wait to see him."
After a ten-month deployment, Ryan Renon returned Friday afternoon.
"The feelings are just overwhelming," he says. "Seeing people that I love that I haven't seen for a while, it's just a great, great feeling."
Similar reunions took place across the room, but some held extra significance. Steven Vlieststra was deployed just one week after his first son was born.
"It was pretty exciting, been gone a really long time and only got to see him on Skype," he says. "It's good to see him in person again."
For soon-to-be married Peter Lawlor and Nicole Feld, the atmosphere in the room was indescribable.
"This is my first time deploying," Peter says, "coming in it's just like wow. This is for us, this is what we did. This is what we've been waiting for. This is that ten months. This is that moment."
Glad to be home safe and sound, after a mission well done.
"it's just like an empty spot that now will be full again," Paula Renon says. "So we're good."