Fort Drum Soldiers Welcomed Home From Afghanistan

Fort Drum Soldiers Welcomed Home From Afghanistan

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"My husband is coming home and we are so excited," said Alyxis Luis, the wife of Cpl. Alfonso Luis of Fort Drum's 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.

Alyxis was just one of those awaiting the return of soldiers in the 1st Brigade Combat Team at their welcome home ceremony Thursday. It took place in a gymnasium at Fort Drum.

“He been gone for nine months. It was hard, but it's worth it for him to be coming home safe to us," she said.

They were in Afghanistan for nine months supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, a combat mission to advise and assist in restoring Afghanistan's government.

“It was a change in a mission set for us, in which dynamically, we deployed about 75 percent of the battalion all spread across across Afghanistan, getting after our nation's interest throughout for the government of Afghanistan,” said Jerome Parker, battalion commander.

Nearly 500 soldiers were initially deployed to 13 different regions in Afghanistan and the remaining 40 of the battalion returned Thursday.

"It's amazing. I'm so happy right now. I'm going to be with my family. I love them so much and I'm glad I'm home," said  Alfonso Luis.

As as Commander Parker will tell you, when he came home, he realized how great it really is.

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