Lee Erwin Reporting
FORT CAMPBELL, KY. – It was another happy day for many families and soldiers with the 1st Brigade Combat Team as 309 member of “Bastogne” returned to Fort Campbell after their nine-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The hangar at Campbell Army Airfield was filled with hundreds of family members and friends of returning soldiers for the welcome home ceremony. As always there were both children and adults carrying signs to welcome home their special soldier.
Once outside the hangar those signs were held high in the air and cheers rang out as the plane landed at the airfield. There were also cheers and many soldiers names were called out as they walked down the ramp from the plane and made their way to the hangar.
Once all of the family members were back inside, the soldiers marched into the hangar for the ceremony. The highlight of the ceremony is when the soldiers are allowed 15 minutes with their families. That’s when the hangar is filled with soldiers and family members running to get hugs and kisses after being separated for the past nine months.
One 1st Brigade soldier, Staff Sergeant David Wilson was quick to respond with his thoughts on being home, ‘This is the greatest feeling in the world and I am more than happy to see my family,” Wilson said. Wilson’s wife Rachael was asked what it was like to have David home, “It’s the best feeling in the world, I feel complete,” said Wilson.
Another group of 1st Brigade soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Campbell on Wednesday.
See photos of the return here.