Wednesday, a local sailor came home after eleven months overseas.
And it's perfect timing. It was is his oldest son's 10th birthday.
Matt Gibson has been serving in the Navy in the Persian Gulf since August.
Tonight, his family got surprising news that he was coming home a couple of weeks earlier than planned.
They were there to greet him at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, and welcome him home.
It's his second deployment since he and his wife Janet have had kids, and they hope it's his last.
Matt has served in the Navy for 21 years.