September 26, 2011
Andy Kitzman, middle, is a hull maintenance technician chief in the U.S. Navy. He is shown standing with his family Sept. 16, the day he returned from a six-month deployment, in San Diego. His family includes, from left, stepmother Irene Kitzman, father Brian Kitzman, 19-month-old son Tanner Bryan Kitzman, and wife Alanna.
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On Sept. 16, Andy Kitzman came home. And, in some ways, you could say he returned a different man. Kitzman, a hull maintenance technician chief in the U.S. Navy, had just returned from a six-month deployment aboard the USS Thach.