His family remembers getting the news...
"I have gotten several calls today saying how great it is that he is getting to come home!" said Connie Holland, the sister of Kentucky State Police Captain and First Lieutenant John McMahan. McMahan will be back on American soil by the beginning of 2012.
"When I heard that he was coming back I was so excited, it was at school actually, so I went out in the hallway and I called my step mom and I was like oh my gosh!" said his 14-year-old daughter Katie McMahan.
"I think it is great although he has only been over there four months there's lots of families that have lost their families for a lot longer so I am just glad that they are all going to get to come home by the first of the year," said Holland.
They said that having their loved one overseas makes them appreciate those who serve even more.
"Until you are actually going through it and you have got somebody over there you take it for granted and you don't realize that people's loved ones are over there and they are missing them and how dangerous it until it happens to you.and it is kind of like his day to day job," said Holland.
Holland said that her brother is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, has served four years in the United States Marine Corps and has only a few classes left before completing his Master's Degree. He has four children, including Katie.