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SPOKANE, WA (CNN/KREM) -- A senior airman ended a six month deployment to Afghanistan Monday night by meeting three new additions to his family.

Harley Wicks held his newborn triplets for the first time Monday after landing at Spokane International Airport.

Amber Wicks waited six-and-a-half months for her husband to return from the Middle East. Amber gave birth to triplets just after her husband was deployed.

Harley knows the moment signals a big shift. But they can handle the challenge together, as a team, just like in the military. He says, "Trying to take care of three at once, but it's a challenge I'm looking forward to." His wife Amber adds, "I feel so much better now that he's here."

The Wicks family said they plan to spend the next two weeks in the Spokane area where Amber has been staying with her parents.

They plan to head back to base in Little Rock, Arkansas to continue life as a new family.

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