The USS Boxer Amphibious Readiness Group is returning to San Diego this week, bringing 3,000 Marines and sailors with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit home .
"Nervous, I haven't seen him in like seven months. I don't know what to expect this is our first big deployment," says Navy wife Stephanie Medina-Perez.
During the seven month deployment the troops spent time conducting maritime security operations, and anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. In April the group made history for fighting off pirates during the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips.
"The girls were over at my house on Easter sunday. We were able to celebrate the rescue of the captain together, and toast that and celebrate their accomplishments, when they are not there," says Navy wife Kimberly Miller.
Military families say now its finally time for America's heroes to celebrate alongside the ones they love.