East Tennessee sailor returns home after nearly four years at sea

Knoxville (WVLT) - A sailor who hasn't been home in almost four years is back with his family in East tennessee.

Just before midnight last night at McGhee Tyson Airport, Stephen Siegel was welcomed home by friends and family.

Hugs and tears followed as Stephen held onto his family for the first time in almost four years since being out at sea.

Stephen says he hasn't got much time off since being deployed so he's looking forward to taking advantage of his time at home.

"It was the best thing in the world my family means the most to me, and that's all i've thought about for the last four years is getting to see them again," Stephen said.

Stephen told us the first thing he's going to do is get caught up on sleep and eat some of his family's good ole' american cooking.