Jan 4, 2010 12:46 AM by Jeannette Hynes
A small but hearty crowd greeted 13 Fort Carson soldiers with flowers, signs, hugs and tears Sunday night.
This deployment is Staff Sergeant Joseph Washington's second, so the hugs from his wife and two daughters (ages four and two) were extra special. His sister and her seven-month-old daughter also made sure they were in town to greet him back to the U.S.
"It was harder this time," says Aba Washington, Joseph's wife. "The kids are older this time and asking for him and missing him. It was harder, but we're glad he's back safe and sound."
The soldiers are part of the 223rd Medical Detachment. Their duties in Northern Iraq were to protect the health of U.S. soldiers. Their jobs included everything from transporting clean water to providing environmental and health assessments in the field.