Thursday morning, a homecoming was held for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team at the William Reed Special events center on Fort Carson.
The music played, the smoke filled the air and the soldiers marched into thunderous applause. And with that, 295 soldiers are officially home after a nine-month deployment to the middle east.
Davante Castillo was deployed just hours after his son was born, seeing him now he is thrilled to brack.
“I feel reunited with my family I feel happy that I get to be here especially during the holidays, the most important time of the year,” said Castillo.
And while it was just his first deployment, others have been here before. Joshua Reed is getting back from his fourth deployment.
Reed said, “It gets harder when you’re leaving. It gets kind of old doing it over and over again but you know, you get used to them.”
The brigade deployed to Kuwait in February of 2019 in support of Operation Spartan Shield. While there, they helped in security, deterrence, and a cooperation rotation within the United States Central Command Area of Operations.
Reed said, “Can’t really get into a lot of details for what we did, but I think it’s a good place to be strategically anyways."
Ultimately these soldiers are happy to be home. As for the next homecoming, another round of soldiers will be returning this weekend.