A pair of miniature U.S. and Marine Corps flags in her hands, 7-year-old Daiya Barrios peered down the terminal at Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport on Tuesday, hoping to catch a glimpse of her father.
And she wasn't alone.
More than 25 uniformed Marines, a military brass quintet and dozens of others stood in the airport's atrium Tuesday to give a hero's welcome to one passenger aboard Delta Airlines flight 5944 from Atlanta -- Beaufort Marine Staff Sgt. Pablo Barrios.
Barrios, 32, was stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 last year when he volunteered to deploy with a unit from Camp Lejeune, N.C., to train the Iraqi military.
Barrios deployed in June. While on leave in January, he married his wife, Monique.