The 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team is certainly giving thanks this Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, the final 35 soldiers with the 3,600 member unit returned home from Iraq after nearly a year. It was a close call for family members who worried their soldiers wouldn't make it home in time for the holidays.
"We didn't think he was going to get back on time," said Sharri Knowlton, of her son PFC Joshua Knowlton. "Then he called us at 6:00 AM and said he was in Maine, so I knew he'd be here."
It's the 18th soldier homecoming to take place over the last 4 weeks. The last 35 soldiers were with the Port Detail Trail Party. Most volunteered to stay in Iraq to load vehicles and equipment onto ships. In the meantime, loved ones including Julie Liegy watched anxiously as other soldiers returned.
"I'm a POC," said Liegy, "so I had to call all the wives and tell them their husbands were on the plane while mine wasn't!"
But now everyone is home-- ready for turkey, friends and family, now that the 3rd HBCT family is together again.