To Jordan, Cash and Miranda, he is "Daddy" and "Dad."
To the federal government, he is Sgt. Jeremy Young of the 333rd Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army Reserves, based in Reading.
And to his wife, Jennifer, he is a sight for sore eyes.
Jordan Young beams while being held with her brother Cash, by her father, Sgt. Jeremy Young, moments after Young arrived in Warren following a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan. Holding the umbrella is Young’s wife, Jennifer, and at right is his daughter, Miranda.
Sgt. Jeremy Young looks with pride at his daughter Jordan as daughter Miranda snuggles into his shoulder.
Young came home to Warren on Wednesday to a crowd of family after 10 months in Afghanistan, a desolate, dangerous place half a world away.
Cash is just shy of his second birthday. The tow-headed, happy toddler was only a couple months old when his daddy deployed. His nose was pressed against the dining room window of the Warren Perkins restaurant waiting for his dad's appearance, eager for the man in army fatigues to hoist him to his chest for a long-delayed hug.
Jordan, 8, and Miranda, 19, Jennifer and other family members wiped tears of joy and relief as everyone took a turn hugging the tall soldier.
Young, an 18-year veteran, had originally been attached to a reserve unit from Brookville, but joined the Reading unit for his stint in Afghanistan.
It was not his first deployment in harm's way. Ten years ago, he spent 18 months in Iraq.
Along the way, he has collected a Bronze Star and a de Fleury Medal, a decoration awarded by the U.S. Army Engineer Association. The U.S. Army Chief of Engineers awards only one gold medal each year to an individual who exemplifies boldness, courage, and commitment to a strong national defense.
Now Young can return to his Glade Township home and settle in to the comforting routine of domestic life.