SACRAMENTO -- One Marine is home just in time for the Christmas holiday after being deployed overseas for nearly a year.
A picture shows the moment 23-year-old Lance Cpl. Justice Bradenburg stepped foot into the Sacramento International Airport Saturday night.
“I’m here for a couple of weeks,” he said.
He was there for a reunion that was long anticipated.
“I was excited to see my family and to know that I’m going to be with them for the holidays,” Bradenburg said.
Bradenburg, who is stationed in North Carolina, had not seen his Sacramento family in nearly a year. He was recently deployed in Norway.
“The Marine Corps, it has its challenges, but you just take it one day at a time and know that you are one of the supreme fighting forces in the world,” Bradenburg expressed.
The Sacramento Charter High School alum graduated with honors back in 2013 before attending college in Santa Cruz then joining the U.S. armed forces.
“I didn’t know much about the military back then but I knew that a person that was in uniform was making a sacrifice for us,” Bradenburg said.
Now, within just one year of being enlisted, he has earned three ranks -- private, private first class and now lance corporal.
Through all of his accomplishments serving the United States, Bradenburg says his biggest gift this Christmas season is coming home to see his family.
“It’s a really nice opportunity to take advantage of,” he said.
His goal is to continue to climb the ranks in the U.S. Marine Corps.