Soldier returns from Afghanistan to meet newborn son


by Jared Dillingham

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Posted on July 18, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 21 at 9:40 AM

PHOENIX --- A soldier returning to Arizona from Afghanistan met his newborn son for the first time Thursday.

Ronald Aldana and several other soldiers flew into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport after a nine-month deployment.

His wife, Fabiola, and new son Liam were there to greet him.

"You're gonna like your papa. He's a really good guy," Fabiola told her 3-week-old son while they waited.

When Ron finally emerged from the secured area, the family embraced and he held his son for the first time.

"I've waited nine months to meet this guy," he beamed.

"I know he's going to be a great dad," Fabiola said. "He's such a good person."

The father and son met over cyberspace, thanks to the USO and Skype. He was "virtually" there for the 36-hour labor a few weeks ago.

The family headed home to finish setting up Liam's room and settle into their new life together.