Troops given warm welcome during Bangor airport layover

Posted Jan. 15, 2013, at 5:34 a.m.
Army Pfc. Caleb Frappier greets his mother, Christine Bell, (right) and his fiance, Kelly Dixon (left), after returning form a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
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Army Pfc. Caleb Frappier greets his mother, Christine Bell, (right) and his fiance, Kelly Dixon (left), after returning form a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Buy Photo
Members of the Maine Troop Greeters await the arrival of Army troops returning from Afghanistan at Bangor International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
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Members of the Maine Troop Greeters await the arrival of Army troops returning from Afghanistan at Bangor International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Buy Photo
The family of Army Pfc. Caleb Frappier drove from their home in Connecticut to Bangor on Thursday morning, Jan. 10, 2013 to surprise him as he returned from a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Frappier's sister Faith Frappier (from left), his mother Christine Bell, and fiance Kelly Dixon anxiously awaited Frappier in the Bangor International Airport Terminal. &quotI'm so nervous." said Dixon. &quotI've been to the bathroom nine or 10 times already."
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The family of Army Pfc. Caleb Frappier drove from their home in Connecticut to Bangor on Thursday morning, Jan. 10, 2013 to surprise him as he returned from a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Frappier's sister Faith Frappier (from left), his mother Christine Bell, and fiance Kelly Dixon anxiously awaited Frappier in the Bangor International Airport Terminal. "I'm so nervous." said Dixon. "I've been to the bathroom nine or 10 times already." Buy Photo
Troops enter the terminal while Kelly Dixon (left) and Christine Bell (right) wait for Pfc. Caleb Frappier to walk off the plane from Afghanistan.
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Troops enter the terminal while Kelly Dixon (left) and Christine Bell (right) wait for Pfc. Caleb Frappier to walk off the plane from Afghanistan. Buy Photo
Christine Bell kisses her son Pfc. Caleb Frappier after he returns from his nine-month tour in Afghanistan. Frappier arrived at the Bangor International Airport along with 300 other Army troops on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.
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Christine Bell kisses her son Pfc. Caleb Frappier after he returns from his nine-month tour in Afghanistan. Frappier arrived at the Bangor International Airport along with 300 other Army troops on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. Buy Photo
Army troops mull around the Bangor International Airport gift shop during a layover. The troops arrived from Afghanistan and were traveling back to their respective bases.
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Army troops mull around the Bangor International Airport gift shop during a layover. The troops arrived from Afghanistan and were traveling back to their respective bases. Buy Photo
Army Pfc. Caleb Frappier talks with his family during the hour and a half layover at Bangor International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 10. Frappier said he was &quotvery surprised" that his family traveled from Connecticut to see him as he returned to the United States after a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
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Army Pfc. Caleb Frappier talks with his family during the hour and a half layover at Bangor International Airport on Thursday, Jan. 10. Frappier said he was "very surprised" that his family traveled from Connecticut to see him as he returned to the United States after a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. Buy Photo

BANGOR, Maine — Around 300 U.S. Army troops arrived at Bangor International Airport on Thursday.

They were returning from Afghanistan and flew into Bangor for an hour-and-a-half layover. Among the troops returning home was Pfc. Caleb Frappier and among those waiting for him in the airport terminal were his family and fiance.

Frappier’s mother and stepfather, Christine and Matthew Bell, wanted to make the trip from their home in Connecticut to surprise Caleb after his nine-month deployment.

“It is such a relief to have him home,” said Matthew Bell. “We don’t have to wake up every morning and check the news.”

Frappier’s fiance Kelly Dixon, a sophomore and basketball player at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont left from New York the night before following an away game and then traveled with the family from Connecticut.

“I’m so nervous,” said Dixon before Frappier’s arrival. “I’ve been to the bathroom nine or 10 times already.”

The family reunited for hugs and pictures before Frappier departed for Fort Lewis McChord in Seattle, Wash.

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