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Soldier meets son for the first time


LINN COUNTY (KWWL)--  An Iowa wife anxiously awaited her husband's return home from Afghanistan Friday night.

"My palms have been sweating since about 2 o'clock this afternoon [Friday]. We're completely excited. Can't wait for him to meet his son, and be home with us," said Jessie Ehlinger as she waited for her husband, Travis, to walk to the main entrance of the Eastern Iowa Airport. And she had to wait a little longer, as his plane was delayed due to technical issues.

No one ever wants or plans on missing the birth of their first child or any of their children for that matter but, sometimes, when the U.S. Military calls, that just can't be helped. That was the case for SSG Sgt. Travis Ehlinger, a graduate of Washington hHgh School. The medic has been serving in Afghanistan at Camp Phoenix since August, just three months after marrying Jessie.

The couple found out they were expecting their first child before he left, and he'd planned on being there for the birth, but little Carson came a bit early. So, Travis met his son, now 10 days old, for the first time Friday at the airport. He will have two weeks to spend with his new family.

Travis is no stranger to the military. He joined the Iowa National Guard and volunteered for service in Iraq and now Afghanistan. When not serving his country, Travis works as an MRI technologist at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.


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