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Soldiers welcomed home from Afghanistan

By Jaclyn Rostie, Reporter, j.rostie@krdo.com
Published On: Nov 05 2012 12:40:58 AM CST

A homecoming ceremony was held Sunday night at Fort Carson.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

Two hundred and thirty members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division arrived at Ft. Carson Sunday night.

The soldiers spent the last 9-months in Afghanistan working with their security forces.

"I keep looking at my iPhone," said Rebecca Deller, sister of soldier.

Deller and her family were among hundreds who came for the soldiers arrival at the Special Events Center.

The homecoming was extra special for their family because Deller's brother was meeting his son for the very first time.

"It's been a countdown from the beginning," said Lian Pruski.  Pruski said her son Colt was born a little early and his father had only seen pictures of him.

"I'm so excited," said Pruski.

Finally, the soldiers marched into the Events Center. 

"I could hear them.  I couldn't wait to get to them," said Pfc. Benjamin Secor.

Secor took a few moments to hug his family before holding Colt for the first time.

"It feels amazing," he described.  "He looks just like me ... takes after me ... Words can't express it," Secor said.

He and his family said they are looking forward to spending some time together.

The Mountain Warriors spent their time working with Afghan National Security Forces.

During their 9-month deployment, they held support the transition of security responsibilities to the Afghans.

Their work is part of President Obama's plan to pull troops out of the country by 2014.

So far, the 4th Brigade Combat Team has transitioned 12 facilities to the Afghan Security Forces and downsized seven others in preparation for future assist missions.

This is the teams 2nd deployment to Afghanistan.

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