Many Fort Carson soldiers are now home and making up for lost time with their loved ones. Nearly 200 troops arrived Friday night after spending as long as 10 months in Iraq.

The troops, who are members of the 3rd ACR, flew into Peterson Air Force Base about 7:30 in th evening. They were transported to Fort Carson about 2 hours later where they turned in their weapons and equipment and met with their families and friends in tearful reunions.

Most troopers will not return to Iraq any time soon although a return is always possible. They are just the beginning of the largest re-deployment to Fort Carson since World War 2. Ten thousand more soldiers are expected to come home to the mountain post by May.