ISLIP - There were plenty of hearty hugs and joyful tears to go around at MacArthur Airport today as a group of New York Air National Guardsmen were welcomed home for the holidays.

About 30 members of the 106th Rescue Wing were given a heroes' homecoming after they spent the past few months working on rescue helicopters in Afghanistan. Cheering family members lined up at the airport with signs, flowers and balloons.

Among the soldiers coming home was Tech Sgt. Christopher Raguso, who was greeted by his wife, Carmela. She's pregnant with their child and is due any day now.

The members of the 106th Rescue Wing will be home for the next few weeks, but they will be deployed again soon.