It was 6 a.m. Monday morning, but the early hour didn’t reduce 7-year-old Tyler Bush’s enthusiasm.

A loud roar of cheers erupted from the crowd in the hangar on Fort Campbell, and Tyler launched himself at his father, who was standing just several yards away.

Maj. Daniel Bush was one of 170 soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) to come home Monday morning. The soldiers came back after serving their full 9-month deployment in Afghanistan.

The 101st CAB’s mission was to assist and protect the troops on the ground with air support and air elements whenever they needed it.

Bush came home two weeks early of a full 9-month deployment. The fact that he got to come home ahead of schedule was a source of joy for everyone.

“It made myself happy, and I know it made my family happy,” he said.

Tyler was especially happy to have his father home.

He said one of the first things he wants to do with his dad is build a tree house. But first, he has to grow the tree.

“We have to wait when our tree gets bigger,” he said.

Bush also plans to go to Disney World with the rest of his family later this month.

Rebeccah Bush was just as excited to have her husband home as Tyler was to have his father back.

“I’m grateful for his service, and I’m grateful that he’s home now,” she said.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Steve Hinds also came home from Afghanistan on Monday. He said he and his family were waiting to take their long vacation in the fall, but his two sons — 7-year-old Nicholas and 3-year-old Jacob — were planning a few fishing trips before then.

Jacob even told his father he got all of his fishing stuff out and ready before he got home.

“You did?” Hinds asked in surprise.

Jacob nodded in return, and his father laughed and hugged him.

His wife, Jessica Hinds, was happy to see her family reunited.

“It’s amazing to have him home,” she said.

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Are any mothers in the 170 troops returned?