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Big Day At A2Y: Welcome Home Jeff Jr.

And it has absolutely nothing to do with hockey.

Many of you know him as JeffOKWingnut. I call him Okie as most of the 19 do.  Today you can just call him one very proud dad.  His son, Jeff Archer Jr., just landed at Will Rogers Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma City after a year on the ground in Afghanistan.  And I’m telling you when I say he was on the ground he was right in the thick of it.  Welcome home Jeff.  A frigging stud and a patriot is what you are.

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TeamDub's avatar

Amen to that!

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 03/03/12 at 02:29 PM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

This is wonderful news!  Thanks, Chief!

Congratulations, Okie, on having your son back home.

Jeff, I don’t know you, but a million thanks and I’m very happy you are home again.

Posted by MsRedWinger from the State where Tigers roam in the Spring on 03/03/12 at 02:42 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

Welcome home brother!

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/03/12 at 02:42 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Welcome Home Jeff, and thank you.

Posted by RWBill on 03/03/12 at 02:43 PM ET

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Posted by RWBill on 03/03/12 at 02:44 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Another one home safe. Thank your son for us, Oakie.

Let’s hope all of his brothers over there make it home safely as well.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 03/03/12 at 02:51 PM ET

Forlorn in VA's avatar

Awesome.  Welcome home.

Posted by Forlorn in VA on 03/03/12 at 03:02 PM ET

HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Good news indeed.  Thanks Jeff for everything you do.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 03/03/12 at 03:06 PM ET

jennyquarx's avatar

Awesome news!  Welcome home, Jeff.

Posted by jennyquarx on 03/03/12 at 03:07 PM ET

RorSchach's avatar

Welcome Home!

Posted by RorSchach from Datsberg on 03/03/12 at 03:12 PM ET

Nate A's avatar

Bravo. Welcome back.

Posted by Nate A from Detroit-ish on 03/03/12 at 03:33 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Great news!!  Welcome home soldier!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, Czech out my recliner..... on 03/03/12 at 03:48 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Welcome home and thank you for your service, Jeff Jr.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 03/03/12 at 04:04 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Thank you Jeff Jr. for your courage, service, and sacrifice. Thanks to the entire OAkie family as well.

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 03/03/12 at 04:17 PM ET

NIVO's avatar

Welcome home! We are safer for your services. God Bless you, America, and The Detroit Red Wings.

Posted by NIVO from underpants gnome village on 03/03/12 at 04:34 PM ET

SYF's avatar

There are never enough gratitudes and appreciation for your service, Jr.

Welcome home.  19 stick taps to your fallen mates.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/03/12 at 04:42 PM ET

Primis's avatar

+19 for sure.

Posted by Primis on 03/03/12 at 05:06 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Welcome home!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 03/03/12 at 05:12 PM ET

VooX's avatar

Welcome back, Jeff Jr, all the best to you and Rambo for many more safe tours of duty.  Hu-heh, I said duty.

Posted by VooX from Behind the Bar in the Hasek Club Car on 03/03/12 at 05:38 PM ET

pgoody's avatar

Posted by pgoody on 03/03/12 at 05:50 PM ET

CaptainDennisPolonich's avatar

Welcome home Okie Jr. and thanks for your service!

Posted by CaptainDennisPolonich from The Land of Fake Boobs and Real Nuts on 03/03/12 at 06:25 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

Welcome home, Jeff Jr.

job well done

Thnak You!

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/03/12 at 06:36 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

obviously “Thnak” = Thank

Thank You!, Jeff Jr.

and all that serve our great country, fighting for freedom ...

U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-A, ...

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/03/12 at 07:19 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Welcome Back Jeff Jr.  You and your dad should be proud Americans today!

Looking forward to seeing you again at the next H2H.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 03/03/12 at 08:27 PM ET

bezukov's avatar

Welcome back Jeff.  Thanks for all that you do!

Posted by bezukov from the kids are alright. on 03/03/12 at 09:43 PM ET

ITDeuce's avatar

Welcome back Junior.

Posted by ITDeuce from The Sunny High Desert on 03/04/12 at 02:00 AM ET

HockeyTownTodd's avatar

Welcome back Jeff, and thanks for serving.

Kinda makes me want to move to OK just to listen to your stories.

Posted by HockeyTownTodd on 03/04/12 at 02:31 AM ET

Tripwire32's avatar

Job well done. Good to get another one home.

two down, seven months to go….

Posted by Tripwire32 from Kay He Mar Heart on 03/04/12 at 03:03 AM ET

IwoCPO's avatar

two down, seven months to go….

Posted by SnLO from Effinistan; or is it Hoth? on 03/04/12 at 12:03 AM ET

Stay safe.  You should be getting back just in time for Parise’s debut as a Wing.

Posted by IwoCPO from Sunny San Diego, bitches on 03/04/12 at 03:07 AM ET

cigar_nurse's avatar

Welcome back Jr. Now belly up to the bar with your proud and relieved pop and have Vooxie serve you all you want. Here’s to the safe return of Rambo also.

Posted by cigar_nurse from On The mend for next season Greenville Pylons on 03/04/12 at 03:26 AM ET

UMFan's avatar

From the many who enjoy the very freedom that you protect, let me say that it is an honor and a pleasure to add my humble thanks and to welcome you back home.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 03/04/12 at 04:32 AM ET

Alzy's avatar

I may not be an American Jeff Jr, but still many thanks from this Canuckleheaded Wingnut north of the border for your service and bravery! Here’s hoping the team we all root for provides you with a welcome home W later today.


Posted by Alzy from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on 03/04/12 at 07:25 AM ET

Jeff  OKWingnut's avatar

Master Chief, thank you.

To the 19, thank you as well. 

I don’t know what to say - totally taken aback.

Thank you all so much for your kind words.  I will pass them along to Junior.

Posted by Jeff OKWingnut from Quest for 12 on 03/04/12 at 10:57 AM ET

SYF's avatar

two down, seven months to go….

Posted by SnLO from Effinistan; or is it Hoth? on 03/04/12 at 12:03 AM ET

Hurry the hell home, man.  You should be partying with us.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/04/12 at 03:39 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Great to hear you are home Jeff Jr. Thanks for your dedication. I hope you and your friends and family have a great spring and do lots of fun and relaxing stuff, you deserve it.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/05/12 at 11:31 AM ET

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