More than 200 soldiers were welcomed home Sunday at Fort Carson after a deployment to Afghanistan.
It's the last homecoming for the 3,500 men and women of the Raider Brigade. During their time overseas, the soldiers worked on rebuilding Afghanistan's infrastructure, bringing basic services to the citizens. They also provided assistance to the Afghan government through mine clearance, medical support and combat troops.
Despite all they accomplished while overseas, soldiers and families alike are thrilled to be reunited. One soldier told 11 News he was excited that he got back in time for his daughter’s birthday. Others were happy to see how much their kids had grown in the time they were away.
The brigade has something else to celebrate as well. One of their comrades, Pfc. Anthony Stirling, was injured after an IED exploded. He made it to the homecoming Sunday.
“Probably, one of the happiest days of my life,” Stirling said. “I've been waiting for them for two weeks now."
Stirling is recovering from a fractured spine among other injuries. He said he spent his whole time in the hospital worried about his fellow soldiers.
"That was pretty much the only thing I was worried about was them getting out of there,” Stirling said.
He was also never far from the minds of his comrades while they completed their tour of duty. He was greeted with many hugs and some tears at Fort Carson.