More than 120 Fort Drum soldiers were welcomed home Tuesday after spending 6 months deployed in Djibouti, Africa.
Members from the 1st Brigade Combat Team marched back into the Magrath Gym and were greeted by their families following the deployment.
While overseas, the soldiers conducted joint training with other branches there, supported civil affairs teams and taught English classes at an orphanage.
"Being away from family for six, seven months is difficult. Being back and back in the flow of the unit, there's a lot of exciting training opportunities that we're going to be able to take advantage of," said Lt. Thomas Campbell, 1st BCT.
"We were there serving as the east African response force, ready to serve and execute at a moment's notice," said 1st Sgt. Jeramie Beebe, 1st BCT.
The soldiers say they're happy to be home and look forward to their upcoming training duties on post.