• Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, muster outside the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood before marching in to their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. The HHC returned after completing a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    III Corps HQ returns to Fort Hood

    Soldiers with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, muster outside the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood before marching in to their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. The HHC returned after completing a nine-month...

  • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general (right), leads Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, into the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood for their welcome home ceremony after serving nine months in Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    III Corps HHC finally home

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general (right), leads Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, into the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood for their welcome home ceremony after serving nine...

  • Grady Grissom, 3, waits for his dad, Sgt. Justin Grissom, at the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, in one of the lobbies of the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood, Feb. 9, 2014. The Soldiers of the HHC were returning after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Grady waits for Dad

    Grady Grissom, 3, waits for his dad, Sgt. Justin Grissom, at the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, in one of the lobbies of the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood, Feb. 9, 2014. The Soldiers of the...

  • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, leads Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, into the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood for their welcome home ceremony after serving nine months in Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Heading back into the III Corps Headquarters

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, leads Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, into the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood for their welcome home ceremony after serving nine months in...

  • Charlotte Settles passes the time by dancing in front of one of  the Phantom Warrior statues in the III Corps Headquarters building as she waits for her dad, 1st Lt. James Settles, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, to return from Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2014.  The HHC returned from a nine-month deployment to cheers, hugs and tears. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Dancing by the Phantom Warrior

    Charlotte Settles passes the time by dancing in front of one of the Phantom Warrior statues in the III Corps Headquarters building as she waits for her dad, 1st Lt. James Settles, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, to return from...

  • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, speaks to families and friends of III Corps Headquarters Soldiers during their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Lt. Gen. Milley talks to families and friends of III Corps

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, speaks to families and friends of III Corps Headquarters Soldiers during their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs...

  • The family of Col. Gary Brito is hard to miss at the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, in the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood, Feb. 9, 2014. Soldiers of the HHC were returning after a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Col. Brito in triplicate

    The family of Col. Gary Brito is hard to miss at the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, in the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood, Feb. 9, 2014. Soldiers of the HHC were returning after a nine-month...

  • Members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps command group, wait patiently in formation as Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, speaks to their families and friends during a welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. The Soldiers returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Lt. Gen. Milley thanks the families and friends of III Corps Soldiers

    Members of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps command group, wait patiently in formation as Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, speaks to their families and friends during a welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9...

  • Members of the III Corps Headquarters Company wait patiently to be released by the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, during their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Release us already!

    Members of the III Corps Headquarters Company wait patiently to be released by the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, during their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public...

  • Grady Grissom, 3, greets his dad, Sgt. Justin Grissom, at the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014.  Grissom and the other Soldiers in the HHC returned to Fort Hood after completing a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Hi Dad

    Grady Grissom, 3, greets his dad, Sgt. Justin Grissom, at the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014. Grissom and the other Soldiers in the HHC returned to Fort Hood after completing a nine-month...

  • Meghan Settles (center), watches her husband, 1st Lt. James Settles, embrace their daughter, Olivia while their other daughter, Charlotte, looks on from mom's arms during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Homecoming

    Meghan Settles (center), watches her husband, 1st Lt. James Settles, embrace their daughter, Olivia while their other daughter, Charlotte, looks on from mom's arms during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps...

  • Olivia Settles greets her dad, 1st Lt. James Settles, during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, on Fort Hood, Feb. 9, 2014. The Soldiers of the HHC returned to Fort Hood after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Daddy's home at last

    Olivia Settles greets her dad, 1st Lt. James Settles, during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, on Fort Hood, Feb. 9, 2014. The Soldiers of the HHC returned to Fort Hood after a nine-month deployment to...

  • Charlotte Settles gazes at her dad, 1st Lt. James Settles, during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014.  Soldiers with the HHC returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Is that you, Daddy?

    Charlotte Settles gazes at her dad, 1st Lt. James Settles, during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014. Soldiers with the HHC returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army...

  • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, poses for a photo with Sgt. Justin Grissom during their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. Both men returned after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    A photo with the head honcho

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, poses for a photo with Sgt. Justin Grissom during their welcome home ceremony, Feb. 9, 2014. Both men returned after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with Headquarters and...

  • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, laughs with families and friends of his Soldiers during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014. The Soldiers returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley smiles

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, laughs with families and friends of his Soldiers during the welcome home ceremony for Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014. The Soldiers returned from a...

  • Hannah Norwood helps her dad, Col. Paul Norwood, tote his gear to their car after his return from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)

    Let me help you with that, Dad.

    Hannah Norwood helps her dad, Col. Paul Norwood, tote his gear to their car after his return from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, Feb. 9, 2014. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar, 7th Mobile...

Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, III Corps, walked into a room full of cheers, hugs and tears in the III Corps Headquarters building on Fort Hood Feb. 9 after completing a nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the outgoing commander of ISAF Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, and commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, led his command team into the building to an excited crowd of supporters who had been waiting anxiously for hours.

Milley said a few words to the gathering while his Soldiers waited patiently in formation, thanked them all for a job well done, and released them to their families.

Milley transfered authority of IJC Feb. 8 to Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, incoming commander of ISAF Joint Command and commanding general of XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, N.C.

Milley will uncase the III Corps colors in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Feb. 12 at the III Corps headquarters.

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