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December 21, 2012

All I want for Christmas … Daddy!

Staff Sgt. Eduardo Madera-Muniz, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, shows his son Ezekiel Madera, 2, a dog-tag with a photo of the family Dec. 13 after surprising his children by arriving unannounced at the deployed spouse’s dinner.

Christmas has always been a time for family and friends to gather, exchange gifts and spend time with one another. Sometimes, not every member of the family can be home, and when a family member is deployed it can change how a family spends the holiday season.

For the Madera family, it was looking like this Christmas was going to be one spent apart, or at least that’s what 7-year-old Anastacia Madera thought.

Her dad, Staff Sgt. Eduardo Madera-Muniz, is serving a year-long remote assignment to Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, as an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, and to Anastacia’s knowledge, wasn’t coming home for another four months.

The Madera family usually communicates via Skype, and that’s how Anastacia thought she was going to spend this Christmas with her dad.

Little did she know, however, mom and dad had a Christmas present better than anything Santa could deliver. In fact, it’s exactly what was on Anastacia’s Christmas list.

“All I want is for my dad to come home” she said. “I wouldn’t ask for anything else. I love him, and I miss him very much.”

Staff Sgt. Eduardo Madera-Muniz, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, communicates via Skype with his family before work Dec. 11 from Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Madera-Muniz has been assigned to Kunsan for seven months.

What Anastacia didn’t know was that her dad flew home to spend Christmas with her, her little brother, Ezekiel and her mom, Cryztal.

“I’m excited,” Sergeant Madera said, as he waited outside the Luke AFB Chapel before surprising his daughter. “I want to see my kids. It’s been seven months already, and I just want to give them a hug.”

And that’s exactly what he got to do as he appeared before his son and daughter Dec. 13 at the deployed spouses’ dinner.

Dad made his entrance as Cryztal, Ezekiel and Anastacia were eating a meal in honor of their deployed family member. There were no words as the family finally embraced each other for the first time in seven months.

“This has been the hardest deployment on us” Cryztal said. “It’s longer than past deployments, and we have another child.”

The Madera family will spend Christmas together, but many military families will not spend the holidays with their loved ones.

For those families, Sergeant Madera said, “Keep your spirits up, and it will go by quickly.”

The key for Cryztal is to stay busy.

Anastacia Madera, 7, hugs her father, Staff Sgt. Eduardo Madera-Muniz, 8th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, after being surprised at his unannounced arrival Dec. 13 at the deployed spouse’s dinner held at the Luke Air Force Base Chapel.

“It was really rough in the beginning, just trying to find a routine that worked for me.” Cryztal said. “It’s not the same for everybody.”

Anastacia looked up at her father with tears in her eyes overcome with emotion. It was clear to see just how much this Christmas wish meant to the 7-year-old and to the rest of the Madera family.

Many resources exist for families with a deployed military member. For helpful tools on how to deal with a deployed family member or spouse, call the Luke Airman and Family Readiness Center at (623) 856-6550.




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