Linda Angelle, NBC 5 Photojournalist
The last of the R&R flights bringing military members home from Iraq and Afghanistan received a large warm Texas welcome at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Wednesday.
DFW Airport held a ceremony to honor and thank the volunteers who have greeted soldiers returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait on Wednesday.
The ceremony followed the final arrival, the traditional DPS Shower of Affection for the flight, and a final volunteer welcome for the troops.
The flight, scheduled to arrive at 10:30 a.m., arrived a bit early at 10:20 a.m.
In its eight years of operation, the "Welcome Home A Hero" program has coordinated volunteers from the community to greet every military R&R flight at DFW Airport, welcoming hundreds of thousands of soldiers to DFW in the process. The program has been nationally recognized for community service, and has received recognition from the highest levels of the Pentagon.
Wednesday's flight will be the final arriving flight for the R&R program.
he final departing flight on March 30 will be followed by the U.S. Army closure of the DFW Airport Personnel Assistance Point. Future troop charters will fly into Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.