Eastover, SC (WLTX)- The first wave of Swamp Foxes returned from serving in Afghanistan on Saturday.
Two months is not a long time, but for these families-- it's felt like an eternity.
"Every time we were on Skype I was like dad how much longer?" said Callie Gladden.
"It's definitely rough but I know we are all excited to see him," said Harriet Fraticelli.
Brittani and Callie Gladden's dad Martin, has been serving in Afghanistan since April.
"It makes me feel honored. I feel honored to know that he is the one over there helping," said Brittani.
For the two sisters, playing the waiting game is a bit overwhelming.
"Oh I'm so excited!" said Callie.
While dad was gone he missed a memorable moment in any girls life, going to prom.
"We took pictures of prom and got to post it on Facebook so he did get to see the prom but it wasn't the same," said Brittani.
As time gets closer, the girls can't wait to reunite with their dad.
"I'm so excited," said Callie.
Master Sergeant Martin Gladden has been in the military for more than 20 years and was happy to be back home.
"Oh it's just overwhelming joy," said Martin. "It's tough when you are not there but I have a good support group and thank Skype."
He says it was good to see his family on the internet but it's nothing like the real thing.
"Just seeing those faces gets you over any humps that you have."
And being big Gamecock fans, the Gladden's will spend the weekend watching USC baseball. Martin says their ThreePeat dream will become a reality.