Dec 11, 2012 11:58 PM by Eric Ross

Soldiers return home to Fort Carson

FORT CARSON- Roughly 300 soldiers from the 4th BCT returned home Tuesday evening.

"You know we were thinking we weren't going to make it before Christmas, but we're here," Sgt. Jesus Palacios said.

It's the best Christmas gift his wife, Nydia, received. As a mother of three, she admits it's been a long nine months without her husband.

"It was really rough, but it's my job to be strong and hang in there," she said.

Hugs, tears and loud cheers filled the auditorium.

It was an overwhelming experience for Shawnda McCaskill. "Just excitement, joy, and disbelief that he's actually home," she said.

Capt. Joshua McCaskill is once again reunited with his wife and two young boys. Now that he's home, there's two things he is looking forward to do. "Go to soccer games and sleep in," he said.

A total of 2,800 soldiers have arrived home at Fort Carson this year.

Now begins the transition from army life to civilian life. To help soldiers enter the workforce, Fort Carson will be holding an entrepreneurship class beginning Thursday at 1 p.m. at their education center. The goal is to help soldiers build resumes, pursue higher education opportunities, and develop necessary life skills to succeed in the workforce.

The class will be divided into a "career track" and "higher education" group.

Soldiers on the career track will be introduced to business mentors from the region and will have the opportunity to attend on-post job fairs. Soldiers on the higher education track will visit local two and four-year colleges and receive guidance on the application process and financial aid.



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