It's the time of year when we bring you holiday greetings from the men and women currently serving overseas. But one local man got to greet his family in person...after a two year deployment. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem introduces us to the soldier... FINALLY home for the holidays. 3 00-0608-1342-49Homegrown Chris Dill has been away for a couple years in Afghanistan but now he's back in Jacksonville to see his familyCHRIS DILL, ARMY 23:59 Excited, warm very warm excited thrilled to be home to FloridaHe wasn't expecting a news crew to greet him ...that was a surprise.25:47 it's still kind of hitting me. I was not expecting this what-so-ever. So we'll have to talk about that but you know I'm excited to be home.Dill graduated from Ridgeview High in 2010 and currently serves in the Army - working with heavy machineryhis parents met him at Jacksonville International Airport to give him a warm welcome. He'll be here through the new year. MELISSA STOUDT, CHRIS' MOM 16:44 This is his first time coming home, I knew I was going to do this, his first time coming home since deployment and we're going to finally get to see him for Christmas. We haven't seen him for Christmas in over two years.Chris' mom says it's scary having her son in Afghanistan17:26 it's not been easy it's been very tough he's a mama's boy I don't care what he saysBut this Christmas the family is at ease knowing Chris is home safe.18:57 Coming home is probably the best Christmas present yet. Chris says he's happy to be home with his loved ones but he hasn't been lonely overseas...24:36 I say the best way to look at it is you have a new family so you kind of embrace them but there's no one like the ones back homeHis family is throwing him a welcome home party and one more party before he leaves again...right after the new year.AM C4 TLS.