Early Holiday Gift As Soldiers Return From Deployment


An early Christmas present for the loved ones of 200 Fort Carson soldiers: a homecoming, six months ahead of schedule.

The 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team completed their mission early, allowing them to return home much earlier than originally planned. They returned home at 10 a.m.

For Joshua Wiley, Friday was the first chance he had to meet his 2-week-old son Logan. “It was one thing having him over in Afghanistan, but actually seeing him, holding him, kissing him… I’ve never been this happy in my entire life. This is the best day ever," he said.

Spouses kissed, excited kids raced towards their parents, eager parents embraced their child in uniform as families reunited after several months apart.

Spc. Ariel Zepeda hadn't seen her twins since they were 5-months-old. “You miss their first steps and their first birthday and everything else that comes along with it," she said, "but it’s great to see them now though. To be able to come back and see them.”

While deployed, the soldiers worked closely with the Afghan National Army and Afghan Uniformed Police, helping to keep the peace and increase the stability in the western province of Herat. The soldiers also conducted humanitarian projects while deployed.

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  • by Mr x Location: se spgs on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:59 AM
    thanks for all u have done and i personally welcome you home for a good job u have done. ty nam vet
  • by Cris` Location: Chattanooga, TN on Dec 16, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    Thank you young men for all you do for our freedom. My grandson, Joshua Wiley, was in this group today and met his son Logan when he got home. This is more of a blessing than you know. Merry Christmas
  • by Lucy Amaro Location: california on Dec 16, 2011 at 05:00 PM
    Thank you very much. This soldier's will not have too many thanks for the sacrificies they make for us. My grandson Joshua Wiley saw his baby boy for the first time today and our family saw that first embrace picture and we all posted"We need no Christmas presents, we got ours today" Thank God.
  • by mike Location: colorado springs on Dec 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    Another bad move on Obama's part and a reelection ploy to try and stay in office as well as due to Budget cuts made by the Obama administration. With the partial drawdown his actions have placed remaining soldier's at a much greater risk with their inability to conduct crucial missions throughout the region to maintain the stability and peace throughout the region.
  • by RJ Location: co on Dec 16, 2011 at 08:41 AM
    Humanitarian projects. That's nice.
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