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80 Fort Carson soldiers welcomed home after Europe deployment

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80 Fort Carson soldiers welcomed home after a nine month deployment to Europe. (KOAA) 80 Fort Carson soldiers welcomed home after a nine month deployment to Europe. (KOAA)
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After nine long months, 80 soldiers were welcomed home to the Mountain Post on Monday night.

They have been deployed since January in Eastern Europe, supporting U.S Army Europe and participating in the Atlantic Resolve.

These soldiers are from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

"It's the first time I've ever had to experience it and raising two girls, pretty much all by myself, it was pretty hard," Ashleigh Kelley, a wife welcoming home her husband, Sgt. Nicholas Kelley said. "I had some help with my mom and his family as well, but it will be nice to have two of us back home, that's for sure."

While being away from home wasn't easy, most families News5 spoke with were just happy to squeeze their loved ones again.

"It was pretty hard the first couple of months, after a while, I kind of got used to it but it still hurt a little bit but now that I'm back, it's all worth it," SPC Trevor Elder said as he returned home from his first deployment said.

There will be 230 more soldiers returning from this deployment Tuesday night around 10 p.m.

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