One East Tennessee sailor returned home Monday and will be spending the Christmas holiday with his family.
Captain Donald Xiques of the U.S. Navy Reserve has been in Kabul, Afghanistan since June. His unit has been helping with day to day operations working alongside the International Security Assistance Force.
He is on leave in Knoxville for the next 15 days, and is grateful for the time he gets to spend with his family during Christmas.
"I think of all the guys and gals who are back in Afghanistan who are still working through the Christmas holiday, and I am just very thankful and grateful that I've had a chance to come home over Christmas," he said.
Captain Xiques said he missed being able to drive his own car, but that will have to wait another night. His family rented a stretch limo to pick him up in style.