As soldiers and their families joyfully embraced around him, Spc. Jeremy Arnot cradled his baby boy for the very first time.
The Amenta family
Nearby, Spc. Adam Amenta did the same.
"Seeing him on Skype, it's just not the same," Amenta said.
Arnot and Amenta were among 250 soldiers from Fort Carson's 1st Armored Brigade, 4th Infantry Division who arrived home early Thursday morning after a deployment to Kuwait.
"I can't even put it into words," Arnot's wife Kristi Arnot told 11 News minutes being before seeing her husband for the first time in months. "It's going to be incredibly emotional.
"I'm just so excited to see him because it will be the first time meeting his son."
Rhonda Wingate said she'd gotten used to saying goodbye to her husband after five deployments, but the "hellos" were always just as sweet.
"It's wonderful for him to be back...it's just so good to have him home."
"It's what I've looked forward to everyday," her husband said.
"It's a great feeling. I've been gone for nine months. It's hard on the family with me being gone. But coming back is just an amazing feeling. It's awesome," Spc. Casey Gloden, father of five, told 11 News.
Like the Arnots and Amentas, Destiny Molina said she was excited to watch her husband and daughter get to know each other. The couple's baby girl, now 10 months old, was barely one month old when her father deployed.
"She's happy. She's been thinking her iPad is 'Da-Da' ... the real Da-Da is here and home now."
While in Kuwait, the troops participated in joint security operations, exercises and training.
Thursday, another 10 soldiers from the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division are scheduled to return home at 1:30 p.m.
They have been deployed in Wardack Province, Afghanistan.