The first wave of soldiers sent to Iraq from Fort Carson will return home Friday. That's just about a year after thousands shipped out for what has proven to be a deadly job.
The 185 members of the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment are an advance party, with the rest of the troops expected to trickle back home over the next few months.
It's the best news in a long time for families at the Army post near Colorado Springs. Fort Carson has lost 41 soldiers and two reservists of the 12,000 troops it sent to Iraq.
Officials say they've set up special programs to help soldiers and their families deal with the changes have come about in the year-long deployment.