230 Fort Carson soldiers return after nine-month deployment

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Families watched as 230 soldiers returned from their deployment to Kosovo Thursday.

“Been thinking about this day for a long time so, finally, it’s finally here,” said Capt. Scott Dempsey, who had his family waiting for him.

The soldiers are from 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Fort Carson officials said the soldiers deployed to conduct peace support operations in support of civil authorities to establish a secure environment, by enforcing the provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244.

For the Mullins family, this is their fifth deployment.

“Coming home and my family’s supporting me and everything for the last nine months and the previous deployments. So, it’s a really awesome feeling,” said Staff Sgt. Jeremy Mullins, who was greeted by his wife and two daughters.

Those who stayed behind on the home front said they’re ready to have their family complete again.

“We were here for 10 months and it was hard, but just knowing that he was coming home to us,” said Stephanie Dempsey.

And their children already have plans.

“And we want to go to a park, right daddy?” said Luke Dempsey.

For one soldier, it was his first time meeting his five-month-old daughter.

“We knew before I left, so it was pretty hard for her and for me. She was already pregnant. And I came back for a while, but I couldn’t make it for the birth,” said Spc. Diego Beltran.

“When I actually gave birth, unfortunately I wasn’t able to tell him until afterwards. But he was rally excited. I sent him a lot of photos and they Skyped three or four times,” said his wife, Shaniece Beltran.

“I can’t really explain it. It’s crazy. Just really happy, I’m just really happy, really happy,” Beltran said.

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