Soldiers told 11 News this the best present they could've ever asked for. Nearly 200 Fort Carson families welcomed home their heroes just in time for Thanksgiving.
It was an emotional ceremony and families we talked to said this year they really do have something to be thankful for.
"I'm happy to be back, it's so exciting," one soldier said.
The Mountain Post was decked out for the holidays and ready to welcome home 170 soldiers the Sunday before Thanksgiving. These soldiers returning were with the 59th Quartermaster Company of the 43rd Sustainment Brigade.
"We're so excited,” Jamie Cox said. “I love you so much," she told her husband, SGT Joseph Cox.
The Cox family said they weren’t sure if they would be together this holiday season. SGT Cox told us being able to hold his family in his arms just days before Thanksgiving is the best feeling in the world.
"It's incredible. We're real happy to be home,” SGT Cox said. “We definitely have something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving," wife Jamie added.
While they were in Afghanistan, the company's mission was to provide convoy security and coordinate patrols throughout the area.
Most of those returning didn't want to talk about their time there, but instead focus on this moment where they finally felt like they were home.
"It's great. I'm really excited to be back here everybody back here all in one piece, I'm stoked" SGT Robert Pioche said.
"He's back home, soundly and good, in one piece. I'm so grateful," SGT Pioche’s mom Marita Kawaykla said.
This return was a very exciting one for the 59th who said they had no causalities during their deployment. The 59th was deployed overseas for the last seven months.