FORT CARSON – Nearly 400 soldiers are back home in the U.S. after a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan. The soldiers returned in two waves Wednesday, with welcome-home ceremonies held at Fort Carson’s Special Events Center.
The soldiers deployed in April for the mission Resolute Support to train and support Afghan soldiers and security forces as they try to root out terrorists. Some of the returning soldiers came home to children that weren’t born yet when they deployed. Others returned to find their babies are now walking. “I’ve been watching her grow — we’ve been on FaceTime pretty much every night, but to see her in-person, a little grumpy, it’s a little late at night for her, but it’s good to see her,” one soldier told News 5 after seeing his daughter for the first time in 9 months.
Meanwhile, more than 100 Air Force Reservists from the 302nd Airlift Wing are set to return home in the coming days following a four-month deployment to southwest Asia.