After nine months apart, 150 soldiers reunited with their families at Fort Carson Wednesday morning.
The moment soldiers were released from formation, stoicism dissolved into joy as the troops raced across the floor to meet their families. Parents cradled young children, spouses and significant others embraced, and soldier Bethany Jensen got the surprise of a lifetime when her boyfriend got down on one knee.
"I wanted to surprise her in the most awkward way," Jesse Cunard told 11 News.
(Spoiler alert: she said yes!)
It wasn't the only surprise waiting for a returning soldier; Tiffany Lloyd flew her mother-in-law into the Springs so she could welcome her son home.
"I didn't know she was coming!" Danny Lloyd laughed.
Kesha Bartnell and her husband SSG Decoden Bartnell could barely keep their eyes off of each other as they spoke with 11 News. Kesha Bartnell said she was overjoyed to be with her husband again.
"You miss that companionship and relationship," she said.
The soldiers, all part of the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spent nine months in Afghanistan training and assisting Afghan troops in the southern part of the country.
"Was there anything that you missed, that you couldn't get over there," 11 News asked SSG Bartnell.
"This right here," he said pointing at his wife, before stealing another kiss.