Local military man reunites with family, meets six-week-old daughter for the first time


Smiles, tears, and hugs were aplenty at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport as the Tipp family welcomed home father and husband Dustin Tipp from deployment.

Tipp was deployed since March this year and missed the birth of his six-week-old daughter named Mary Hollan.

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He’s also excited to return him to see his two-and-a-half-year-old son, Oliver. Tonight, Mary and Dustin met face-to-face for the first time. “I can’t even describe it. It’s the best thing ever. A lot of video chats, calls, texts every day. That’s pretty much the only way thing you have when you’re over there, but we made it work. It’s the best feeling in the world, it really is. For being gone for so long, coming home to all this love and support, it means a lot.”

Oliver says the first thing he’s going to do with his dad now that he’s home is play!

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Grace Boyles was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, the “Cherry Capitol of the World”. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with dual majors, earning degrees in Communications and Creative Writing. During her time at Michigan, Grace broadcasted countless sporting events for the Big Ten Network, from baseball to men’s and women’s basketball to wrestling. Grace’s favorite sport to cover, however, was Michigan football from the sidelines at the Big House— even when it was 25 degrees and snowing! Grace is excited and eager to explore the Gulf Coast, meet new people, and learn more about this incredible community while telling the area’s news and sports stories.