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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---200 deployed soldiers with the 3rd Sustainment Command arrived home to Fort Knox on Saturday.
Colleen Hawkins was among the many people at the Chaffee Gate Welcome Center waiting for her loved one to return home. She and her husband have five kids. He deployed soon after the twins were born.
"He cannot wait. We've done pictures, and videos and Facetime, but he can't wait to see them in person and get to hold them," says Colleen Hawkins.
Amanda Eldridge waited with 4-year-old son Jacob, who got a major surprise.
"The biggest thing I'm excited about it besides us, is seeing my little boy's reaction, because he doesn't know. He thinks we're coming to talk about when daddy's coming home. He has no idea daddy's coming home today," says Amanda Eldridge.
Officials say during the deployment, the command was responsible for the day-to-day logistics needs for combat operations and the movement of equipment back to the U.S., post surge.
Now that the 3rd ESC has returned, the soldiers can focus on a new mission----getting back into a daily routine with the people who love them the most.
"It just feels really good. 9 months is a lot of time to be away from your family," says soldier Frank Eldridge.