Tuesday, May 13, 2008

A Hero's Welcome for the Latest Wave of 3rd Brigade Soldiers

May 12, 2008

FORT BENNING, Ga. (WTVM) - Tears and a whole lot of cheers welcomed home the latest round of 3rd Brigade soldiers.

Three hundred and seventy one soldiers touched down around 8:30 PM tonight.

Three hundred and fifty of them are with the 3rd Brigade, the rest are with the National Guard.

As the troops went through processing, their families waited inside with signs, balloons, and some even wore uniforms like their soldier.

They were all waiting for the moment they would be reunited after fifteen months apart.

"I want to jump across that blue line, and go through that gate over there. Go get him and bring him in," said Larfayette Coleman, who was waiting for her husband.

"I'm happy, I'm very happy, my dad's coming," said John Michael Rios, who was waiting for his stepfather to return and also donned a smaller version of his military uniform.

"It was a tough year, but finally he's here, so we're very happy," said Damaris Rios, who was waiting for her husband to return.

"After a long deployment, it feels great to be back with my family," said Private First Class Daniel Lynd of the 3rd Brigade.

"I'm very happy to be back. I'm very happy for the whole unit itself- happy to be back was one with their family," said Staff Sergeant Roderick Coleman of the 3rd Brigade.

Two hundred more soldiers are scheduled to arrive back on post tonight at 6:30 PM.

Stay tuned to WTVM for our continuing coverage of the 3rd Brigade's homecoming.

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