200 soldiers coming home to Fort Carson after nine-month deployment

FORT CARSON, Colo. (November 14, 2017) — About 200 Fort Carson soldiers are coming home after nine months in Europe.

The soldiers are with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. They deployed to eastern Europe in January as part of Atlantic Resolve, according to Fort Carson officials.

Sgt. Olivia Resendez said she’s, “Just happy to finally be home and see my babies.”

After her nine month deployment, she admitted she’s also excited to get some good food.

“I’m definitely gonna eat Chipotle,” she said.

Her husband, Oscar, is an honest one, too.

He said he’s most excited for, “Having her home, not being the one to clean the house.”

But, the family is just happy they’re all back together again.

“I’m definitely excited; it’s been a long time coming,” Sgt. Resendez said.

“I’m feeling really great, I’m feeling really happy,” Oscar said, “It’s great to see her after a long time.”

They conducted deterrence operations in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Germany.

The brigade completed large-scale movements throughout Europe nine times, participating in 10 multinational exercises with NATO allies and partners across the region, according to Fort Carson officials. They conducted 19 emergency deployment readiness exercises, building the unit’s ability to change locations quickly as directed. They conducted more than 80 community engagements and 83 training events with Allied counterparts.

A homecoming ceremony is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Friday at the special events center on post.

UPDATE (November 17, 2017): This story has been updated with a new ceremony time.

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