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Fort Knox soldiers return home after deployment in Afghanistan

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FORT KNOX, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ninety-five Fort Knox soldiers are now back home after spending a nine-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Family and friends welcomed the soldiers home Tuesday morning at Fort Knox. The members of the 42nd Clearance Company were deployed to Afghanistan back in March.

After a brief invocation and speech, the company was released to see their families.

“A little overwhelming,” said Staff Sgt. Stephen Quarles. “It's amazing. I don't even know what to think. I leave with three, I come back with four.”

When Sgt. Quarles left, his wife was pregnant with their fourth child. He came home to a new daughter, Penelope.

“You worry a little bit, I guess," Sgt. Quarles said. "You wonder if they're going to like you,” he said.” You wonder what they're going to think.”

Another example is Lt. Anderson Showman. He and his wife Ariane had only been married a few months when he was deployed.

“I was looking for him, and I couldn't find him, and finally I saw him, and nine months waiting for this, it was pretty awesome to finally see his face,” Ariane Showman said.

“It's kind of unreal right now,” Anderson Showman said. “We've been waiting for this for the past nine months.”

The 42nd Clearance Company, which is made up of a total of 150 soldiers, moved to Fort Knox from Bamberg, Germany in October of 2013 and is a unit of the 19th Engineer Battalion.

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