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250 soldiers welcomed home to Fort Carson after European deployment

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Fort Carson welcomed home 250 soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division on Tuesday evening.

Fort Carson officials say this group of soldiers deployed back in January to Eastern Europe to support U.S. Army Europe and participate in Atlantic Resolve as the regionally allocated heavy brigade for Europe.

These soldiers enhanced deterrence capabilities, increased ability to respond to potential crises, and defended U.S. Allies and partners in the European community.

Many families at Tuesday night's homecoming ceremony said while it's been a long nine months, they are just happy to be home. 

"It's great to see everybody and that everybody is healthy and doing well, we've had a daddy doll for 10 months so now we have the real thing to hug and love on and kiss," Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Mann said alongside his wife and three kids.

Mann is returning home to Fort Carson after his fourth deployment.

"So I got to come home and I got eight days with Everett in March, and he was nine pounds and now he's 24 pounds so little bit of a difference," 1st Lt. Luke Sims said while holding his six-month-old son.

Sims has spent the past six months away from his newborn son and wife.

The brigade spent time working in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Germany. 

Officials say they completed large-scale movements throughout Europe nine times, participating in 10 multinational exercises with NATO Allies and partners across the region. 

Fort Carson is also preparing to welcome home 200 additional soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team on Thursday afternoon.

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