Pictured, Tina Marie Cisneros, mother of U.S. Army Spc. Alexander Mendez, is the first to greet her son as he walks through the Corpus Christi International Airport after arriving home from Afghanistan. The Banquete native was greeted at the airport on June 27 by family and friends, along with the Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas. Mendez will be leaving July 14 to finish up the rest of his tour and will not be returning home until sometime in early 2012. Mendez, 21, is a 2008 graduate of Banquete High School.