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Tech. Sgt. Jamie Meadows-Valley kisses Oleksandra after helping her put her coat on at a restaurant in Mountain Home, Idaho.
U.S. Air Force photo by
Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse
A Family To Call Her Own

by Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse

A small crowd gathered outside the secure area exit at Boise Airport. It was late on a weekday, so the small airport was largely abandoned, save for a few families waiting for their loved ones.

Among the anxious crowd were family and friends of Tech Sgt. Jamie Meadows-Valley - an Airman from the 366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, whose months of searching, legal struggles and even dodging protests in Ukraine, led to this pivotal moment.

Then, a familiar face pushing a stroller came through the exit.

It was Jamie with her newly adopted daughter, Sandie. The sight of her two sons and husband brought tears to Jamie's eyes.

She kissed and hugged them, then introduced the twins to their new sister.

Oleksandra Valley, daughter of Tech. Sgt. Jamie Meadows-Valley from the 366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, smiles as the winds of the high plains at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, hit her face on May 6, 2014. Friends of the family talk about how happy 'Sandie' has been since arriving at her new home. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse)Master Sgt. Ernie Valley plays with his children at their house in Mountain Home, Idaho. His twin boys, Wolfgang and Jaeger, enjoy roughhousing with their father whenever they can. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse)Tech. Sgt. Jamie Meadows-Valley, 366th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, poses for a photo with her twin sons, Wolfgang and Jaeger, and her newly adopted daughter Oleksandra at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, on May 6, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse)
"That little girl just won the parent lottery," said Mark, a long-time friend of the family. "She may not know it for a while, but (she) is going to have a fantastic life."
U.S. Air Force photo by
Tech. Sgt. Samuel Morse
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