In the November 28 edition of the Papillion Times, Air Force Staff Sergeant Adam Oles, newly returned to the United States from deployment overseas, spoke about his military service and what it means to him and his family, wife Kelly and sons Gideon, Gabriel and newborn Jude, who was born five months before Adam returned home in early November.

The article discusses the Oles family reunion, and this year’s mingling of Thanksgiving and Chanukah:

But in addition to the second night of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving running into one another, the Oles family has another reason to celebrate. After a little over 180 days deployed overseas, Adam returned home to his family on Nov. 9 and got to meet his newest son, Jude, for the first time.

“It was a little overwhelming,” he said of seeing Jude for the first time. “I wanted to give my two older children a lot of attention and show them that daddy was home, but I also wanted to hold my third child and see him. Once I was able to hold him, it was love at first sight. It was wonderful.”

Jude was born a month into Adam’s deployment, which he said was harder on his wife, Kelly, than it was on him, as she was also charged with rounding up Jude’s older brothers, Gideon and Gabriel.

“I was gone all by myself, and all I had to do was take care of myself, and she had two kids and then three kids to take care of — a baby waking up all through the night, then she’d have to get up with the other two kids and take care of them through the entire day,” Adam said. “It was 10 times harder on her than it was on me. The only hard part for me was not being there to help my wife. I felt bad, not being able to do that.”

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And welcome home, Adam.