FORT CARSON — Welcome home!
Another 285 soldiers with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team returned home Thursday from a middle east deployment that began in February. They were serving as part of "Operation Spartan Shield", a mission described as part of a rotation with U.S. Central Command involving security and primary ground force deterrence missions that improved security and cooperation with military partners in the region.
News5 caught up with Private First Class Celia Gurduno, who described the experience, ''It was kind of rough at first, trying to get used to the heat from the Middle East, but it was actually kind of fun. It was pretty good.''
Colonel Grant Fawcett, the brigade commander, said in a news release from the mountain post, "I am amazed at the accomplishments of the Iron Brigade throughout our nine-month deployment to the Middle East, and I am extremely proud of each and every Soldier. Our Soldiers and Leaders continue to prove the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team is the premier combat unit in the U.S. Army today, and we look forward to returning home to our friends and family,"
The brigade deployed to Kuwait in February and the joint exercises included more than 8,000 participants from 30 nations.
And the process to bring our soldiers home continues this Saturday, when another 280 soldiers with the 3rd BCT, will return for a homecoming ceremony at the William "Bill" Reed Special Events Center at 9:45 p.m. Although, those return
times can change.
We want to thank them all for their service and sacrifice, and their safe return home.