A warm welcome home







On Jan. 15, upon his return from serving nine months in Bagram, Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mize received a warm welcome from his 3-year-old son, Huston. Mize, a 1998 Locust Fork graduate, has served multiple tours as a flight engineer with the 101st Airborne Division. Now stationed at Fort Campbell, he lives in Clarksville, Tenn., with his wife Jessica, who took the photo of Mize and Huston.‘This tour was way tougher because Huston understood Daddy wasn’t home,’ Mize said. ‘When I returned, it was loud, and Huston was scared, but once he warmed up to me and hugged me, I just broke down. It was pure joy.’ – Nicole Singleton

On Jan. 15, upon his return from serving nine months in Bagram, Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Jonathan Mize received a warm welcome from his 3-year-old son, Huston. Mize, a 1998 Locust Fork graduate, has served multiple tours as a flight engineer with the 101st Airborne Division. Now stationed at Fort Campbell, he lives in Clarksville, Tenn., with his wife Jessica, who took the photo of Mize and Huston.‘This tour was way tougher because Huston understood Daddy wasn’t home,’ Mize said. ‘When I returned, it was loud, and Huston was scared, but once he warmed up to me and hugged me, I just broke down. It was pure joy.’ – Nicole Singleton