Soldier returns to Tampa and reunites with 8-month-old son

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Tampa, FL -- After a tour in Afghanistan, a soldier reunites with his 8-month-old son.

"He's a little heavier," notes Lieutenant Paul Dhillon. "Definitely more squirmy!"

After a three-year deployment, he was welcomed home by his wife and little baby boy at Tampa International Airport on Friday.

Lt. Dhillon has been stationed in Hawaii for the past three years, one of which included a yearlong tour in Afghanistan. Working in the logistics department, he takes pride in his duties but remains humble and keeps his family close to his heart.

"If you're in a mission or something is going on, you're completely focused on the task at hand. But when you do have those down moments, you think about family and you think about why you're there... the things that you do and your motivation to come home safely," said Lt. Dhillon.

Lt. Dhillon's next mission is at University of South Florida.  He will be working as a professor in the ROTC program preparing new cadets for a career in the military.

"It's great to be here, great to be with family again," said Lt. Dhillon.

Paul's assignment begins in October. Until then, the 12-year soldier says he plans to spend time with family, catch up on sleep and just take easy for the next few weeks.

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