The Navy Seabee convicted of refusing a military order is back on the coast at least temporarily.
Petty Officer David Ponder arrived at the Gulfport-Biloxi Regional Airport from Okinawa, Japan, on Saturday to serve his 60-day jail sentence.
A judge found Ponder guilty for refusing a military order when he wouldn't take the controversial anthrax vaccine. He will also suffer a loss of rank.
When Ponder got off the plane he found his family with open arms and understanding hearts.
"I'm glad that he didn't receive the vaccine, because I know now that in the future he's not going to be sick from something that was put in his body that he didn't want there," David's wife, Jennifer Ponder said.