250 Fort Carson soldiers return home after nine-month deployment

Soldiers return home, FOX21 News, Sarah Ferguson

FORT CARSON, Colo. — Nearly 250 Fort Carson soldiers are back on U.S. soil after being deployed for nine months in eastern Europe.

The soldiers are with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, and are part of the group of 3,500 soldiers who deployed in January.

While the majority are home from Europe, the rest will be returning in November.

Nathan and Illiana Harris said this was their first deployment together. The couple said seeing each other was like meeting for the first time all over again. There was also a brand new family member that Dad met for the first time.

Iliana said seeing Nathan hold their baby for the first time was amazing. She said the kiss the couple shared when they first saw each other was something they’ll always remember.

“Seeing your wife, it’s pretty awesome. Like, the kiss is awesome,” Nathan said.

Now that their first deployment together is in the books, the family is excited to spend some quality time with one another.

“It’s been very stressful and one of the hardest things we’ve had to do, and just to have him back is a sense of relief,” Illiana said.

While away on deployment, the soldiers supported U.S. Army Europe and participated in Atlantic Resolve, which helped to protect the security of eastern Europe.

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