Lake Area soldier returns home to see newborn daughter - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Area soldier returns home to see newborn daughter

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

U.S. Army Specialist Etienne Hardy was welcomed back with open arms Saturday night. The Sulphur native arrived home on leave at the Lake Charles Regional Airport to his wife Alisha waiting with their newborn daughter in her arms.

"It's good to be back. It's really good to be back. She is so precious," said SPC Hardy.

Sophie was born last Monday September 12th. The proud father wanted this moment to be special. Even with facebook and email - Hardy resisted temptation and did not view the pictures wanting his first glimpse of Sophie to be a memorable one.

"It's astounding. Words can't really describe what I'm feeling at this moment. I'm kind of breaking down," said Hardy.

As father and daughter gaze into each others eyes, she almost instinctively knows who he is.

"I feel like she does know who I am. She just keeps staring at me. Even though I wasn't there for the labor she knows who I am. It's amazing," said Hardy.

When he left for his first tour of Afghanistan in April, Alisha was four months pregnant. She said it wasn't easy with him being away.

"Even though I had family support it wasn't easy. I was heartbroken when he left. I'm just so glad he's back so he could see her," said Alisha.

"I was worried about the baby. I knew Alisha would be fine. She is strong. But I was just concerned being over there. I was just trying to survive and stay alive in Afghanistan so I could make it back for this moment," said Hardy.

With his new bundle of joy, Specialist Hardy said he's going to make every moment of his 16 day leave count.

"I'm going to be holding her so much. My wife will likely be begging me to get this kid from my arms," said Hardy.

The couple also has a 3-year-old son named Seth. After his 16-day leave, Specialist Hardy returns to Afghanistan to finish his tour.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Hiring Our Heroes: Military Hiring Fair

    Hiring Our Heroes: Military Hiring Fair

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 6:25 PM EDT2017-03-22 22:25:04 GMT
    (Source: website)(Source: website)

    Veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses are invited to a one-of-a-kind career fair in Lake Charles. The "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall.  HR and workforce professionals will also lead a workshop at 8:30 a.m. Topics will include resume building, networking, interview tips and resume engine.  To re...

    More >>

    Veteran job seekers, active duty military members, Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses are invited to a one-of-a-kind career fair in Lake Charles. The "Hiring Our Heroes" job fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall.  HR and workforce professionals will also lead a workshop at 8:30 a.m. Topics will include resume building, networking, interview tips and resume engine.  To re...

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Lyft arrives in Lake Charles on Thursday

    Lyft arrives in Lake Charles on Thursday

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 5:01 PM EDT2017-03-22 21:01:22 GMT
    (Source: Lyft)(Source: Lyft)

    The ride-booking company, Lyft, is launching in 25 U.S. cities on Thursday - and Lake Charles is one of them.

    More >>

    The ride-booking company, Lyft, is launching in 25 U.S. cities on Thursday - and Lake Charles is one of them.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Police: Woman arrested in Lake Charles bank robbery confesses to bank robbery in Orange, TX

    Police: Woman arrested in Lake Charles bank robbery confesses to bank robbery in Orange, TX

    Wednesday, March 22 2017 4:41 PM EDT2017-03-22 20:41:42 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office(Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office
    A Vidor, TX, woman accused of robbing a bank in Lake Charles has confessed to doing the same in Orange, TX, authorities say. When the Capitol One bank on N. 16th Street in Orange was robbed by a lone female, the Orange Police Department and the FBI conducted an investigation but no suspect was identified, according to a news release from the Orange Police Department. However, after Eva Renee Powell, 50, was arrested in Lake Charles Saturday, she was questioned again by the...More >>
    A Vidor, TX, woman accused of robbing a bank in Lake Charles has confessed to doing the same in Orange, TX, authorities say. When the Capitol One bank on N. 16th Street in Orange was robbed by a lone female, the Orange Police Department and the FBI conducted an investigation but no suspect was identified, according to a news release from the Orange Police Department. However, after Eva Renee Powell, 50, was arrested in Lake Charles Saturday, she was questioned again by the...More >>
Powered by Frankly