SLIDESHOW: Dozens of soldiers from 19th Engineer Battalion return home to Fort Knox
Hundreds more are expected in the next two days, following a 9-month deployment to Kuwait.
Thursday, August 7th 2014, 9:55 pm EDT
Friday, August 8th 2014, 11:33 am EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sixty soldiers with the 19th Engineer Battalion arrived home on Thursday, where their friends and family were able to see them for the fire time in nine months.
Among the many faces in the crowd was 7-year-old Katelynn Green, who couldn't stop dancing with excitement.
"Because he's been gone like forever," said Katelynn Green.
450 additional soldiers from the 19th Engineer Battalion are arriving home this weekend.
Katelynn's father, Specialist Corey Green, was one of 60 who made it back on Thursday.
"Daddy, I missed you," said Katelynn Green to her father.
"You don't realize how long nine months is until you actually go through it and how much they mean to you," said Michele Green.
For Specialist Denny Husa, it was a moment he too will never forget.
"You can't prepare yourself for it. It's amazing," said Specialist Husa. On Thursday he was able to see his baby girl for the first time.
She's one of the 30 babies who were born while soldiers from the 19th Engineer Battalion were overseas.
"She's not getting put down tonight. As soon as I get my bags, she's mine all night," said Specialist Husa.
It's the battalion's fourth deployment since it was reactivated at Fort Knox in 2005. During the deployment, it carried out construction projects in Kuwait and now the battalion will occupy the newly constructed 19th Engineer Battalion Complex.
The $41.1 million complex has more than 190,000 square feet of administrative, barracks and training space.
Two other ceremonies will be held on both Friday and Saturday to welcome hundreds of other soldiers home from the same battalion.
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