LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – Christmas came early for one Lufkin family. Addison Scott, 20, was stationed at Bagram Airfield Base in Afghanistan and a year later, he's finally home.
Scott arrived back in the states around midnight Wednesday after completing his first tour of duty overseas.
Scott held his seven-month-old baby girl for the first time since she was born. The Army support specialist has been in Afghanistan for a year. He came home just once for Shaniya's birth.
"It was a great feeling besides the fact that she looked at me upside my head," said Scott. "Like, yeah who are you and I was like yeah, who are you and after I did that she reached out for me and made things a whole lot better."
His family said having him home is an early Christmas present for which they're thankful.
"We were jumping and hollering and screaming," said his godsisters Alexandria and Alexis Morris.
"We understand that they are going to be put in harm's way, but that's a choice that they make and we understand that in life, you're put in harm's way," said Scott's father Roy Scott.
"I feel loved," said the soldier. "It was a good feeling."
Scott said he was stationed at the biggest base in Afghanistan right now and the best part about coming home will be the food.
"MRE's and uncooked food, but it's going to be great to have a real meal because if you ask anyone in Afghanistan what's the best thing to come back to, they'll probably say real food," Scott laughed.
Real food and all, it's a Christmas worth celebrating for the Scott family.
"We love you Addison and we're glad you're home," said Morris.
"It's a big thing because I mean, coming back and knowing some people that didn't make it," Scott said.
His father said his son's arrival is a gift from God.
"It's a blessing to have him home and to know that God is taking care of him, that he's safe," said the soldier's father. "He did what he was called to do and we're just grateful that he's home for Christmas."
In the midst of the celebration, Scott remembers his fellow troops still serving overseas.
"Keep your head down, stay focused, go on and come back to your families," Scott said.
A Christmas miracle and a priceless gift.
After the holidays Scott will report to Fort Drum in New York. He has a year and a half left to serve. After the army, he wants to be a contractor.