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US Marine returns to Tri-Cities for daughter's birth

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PASCO, Wash., -- Justin Brewer is a machine gunner in the US Marines and he's out there fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan everyday, but  returning home in time for his fiance to give birth to their baby girl is also a top mission for him.

But Brewer made it in time because his daughter, Mackenzie Avery Brewer waited for dad before coming into the world, at Lourdes Medical Center in Pasco Wednesday afternoon.
"I've been stuck in Germany for two days.  My daughter has been now six days overdue, so the fight trying to get home the whole time.  I just made it, just flew in two days ago just in time for my girl to come into the world.  I was joking around with Justine the whole time, she was waiting for her dad.  I got in just in the nick of time," says Brewer.

New Mom Justine Johnson of Kennewick says, "It was really emotional that he got to be here on time and the stress from not knowing when he'd be home and waiting and changing the dates all the time, so it was good that he finally made it in time for her.'

 Brewer is staying here on paternity leave for the next 45 days. Then the new family is moving to a military base in California.