Reunited at Christmas
After 7 months apart, Ashly Rood and her boyfriend, Naval Electronics Technician, Alexander Alkema see each other again. Alkema arrived at Gerald Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids on Christmas Eve. He was greeted by Operation Handshake which welcomes home service members.
Alkema says: "I'm so grateful for everyone to come out here, I mean we do our service, we do our part, and am more than happy to do that, but it's people like this that make it all the worthwhile." Alkema has been serving on board the USS Texas in Hawaii for nearly a year.