• Shannon Ritter

Dover Air Force Base Welcome Home Session

Updated: Mar 28

The Air Mobility Command Museum was the perfect backdrop for the sweet family welcoming home their Daddy after a year long deployment! When I was invited along I expected to see some happy kids and maybe a few tears. What unfolded at the museum made me cry! I photograph a lot of events that I photograph while crying. This was no exception.


She thinks she is going to have her picture taken on an air plane.

Little does she know that hiding behind a huge pallet is the man she has waited a year to see!


She ran to him and did not let go! His son then ran to him too.

I cry everytime I see this photo. His babies held onto him! They wrapped their arms around him and did not let go.


He asked his dad, "Is that really you?!?"

They all talked to each other every night and his son asked him about those call to confirm it was really him.


What I found to be the sweetest thing was how the children literally did not stop holding onto him. From the time they first saw they held onto him in the cutest ways!


Click through the pictures below.


If you are planning a Dover AFB homecoming please connect with The Air Mobility Command Museum. We were fortunate to work with the Operations Manager, Michael Hurlburt and his service to this family was such a blessing!


"A fire truck inside an airplane?"

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