• FORT CARSON, Colo.-Welcome Home signs adorn the Fort Carson Special Events Center at a ceremony honoring the returning 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Welcome Home signs adorn the Fort Carson Special Events Center at a ceremony honoring the returning 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division receive a heroes' welcome during an early morning welcome-home ceremony Feb. 6 at the Special Events Center.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division receive a heroes' welcome during an early morning welcome-home ceremony Feb. 6 at the Special Events Center.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Fort Carson USO Program Manager Phil Martinez, right, leads Family and friends in performing the YMCA dance Feb. 6 at the Special Events Center prior to the arrival of more than 300 Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Fort Carson USO Program Manager Phil Martinez, right, leads Family and friends in performing the YMCA dance Feb. 6 at the Special Events Center prior to the arrival of more than 300 Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Dylan Curry, 11-month-old son of Sgt. Sean Curry, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, awaits the arrival of Soldiers at the Fort Carson Special Events Center Feb. 12.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Dylan Curry, 11-month-old son of Sgt. Sean Curry, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, awaits the arrival of Soldiers at the Fort Carson Special Events Center Feb. 12.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Family and friends give a rousing welcome to 310 Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Feb. 12 at the Special Events Center. Fifteen flights over a span of 13 days brought home 3,500 3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers following a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. With these recent flights, 3,800 brigade Soldiers have returned to the Mountain Post, leaving only 100 Soldiers still in theater. The remaining Soldiers are due to return by the end of the month.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Family and friends give a rousing welcome to 310 Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Feb. 12 at the Special Events Center. Fifteen flights over a span of 13 days brought home 3,500 3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers...

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Spc. Ramon Ortiz reunites with his 3-year-old twins, Makayta and Derek Ortiz, during the Feb. 6 welcome-home ceremony for 300 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers at the Fort Carson Special Events Center.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Spc. Ramon Ortiz reunites with his 3-year-old twins, Makayta and Derek Ortiz, during the Feb. 6 welcome-home ceremony for 300 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers at the Fort Carson Special Events Center.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Staff Sgt. Danny Key, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, catches his leaping 11-year-old son, Austin, at the Feb. 11 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division welcome-home cermony at the Special Events Center.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Staff Sgt. Danny Key, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 68th Armored Regiment, catches his leaping 11-year-old son, Austin, at the Feb. 11 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division welcome-home cermony at the Special Events Center.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Soldiers reunited with Family and friends at the Special Events Center Feb. 11 following a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Soldiers reunited with Family and friends at the Special Events Center Feb. 11 following a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-A detail offloads bags belonging to Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Feb. 11 in the Special Events Center parking lot.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-A detail offloads bags belonging to Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Feb. 11 in the Special Events Center parking lot.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Busses full of Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division pass under welcome home signs while enroute to Fort Carson Feb. 11 after arriving at the Colorado Jet Center.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Busses full of Soldiers with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division pass under welcome home signs while enroute to Fort Carson Feb. 11 after arriving at the Colorado Jet Center.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-An American flag made with the footprints of Family and friends adorns an overpass that the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division passes under on their way to Fort Carson from the airport.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-An American flag made with the footprints of Family and friends adorns an overpass that the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division passes under on their way to Fort Carson from the airport.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.-Spc. Joshua Hansmann, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, holds his 5-day-old son Aiden for the first time at the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division welcome-home ceremony Feb. 8 at the Special Events Ceremony.

    3rd BCT, 4th ID Soldiers return in waves

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Spc. Joshua Hansmann, Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, holds his 5-day-old son Aiden for the first time at the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division welcome-home ceremony Feb. 8 at the Special Events...

FORT CARSON, Colo. - "There is so much emotion ... I can't describe it right now."

That's all Courtney Hansmann could say as she was overcome by emotions as she watched her husband, Spc. Joshua Hansmann, hold their first child, 5-day-old son Aiden, for the first time Feb. 8. Joshua, with Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, was speechless as he was caught up in the moment.

The Hansmanns were one of many 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Families to be reunited in the past two weeks as more than 3,500 Soldiers returned to the Mountain Post following a 15-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The 3rd BCT, 4th ID return began with two advance team flights, Jan. 21 and 28, bringing home 244 Soldiers, followed by the 3,500 Soldiers returning on 15 flights in a 13-day span. The remaining 100 brigade Soldiers are due to return by the end of the month.

After taxiing in Colorado Springs, the Soldiers are met on the tarmac by 3rd BCT, 4th ID senior leadership, Patriot Guard Riders, the 4th ID Band, Fort Hood, Texas, and members of the community grateful for their service. They then board buses and receive a Colorado Springs Police escort to the Mountain Post where the Fort Carson Fire Department welcomes them with sirens blaring.

The Soldiers arrive at the Garcia Physical Fitness Center for weapons turn-in and some final paperwork. While this is taking place, Family and friends eagerly await their arrival in the Special Events Center as they watch a video of the Soldiers deplaning trying to catch a glimpse of their loved ones and passing the time with dances such as the "YMCA" and "The Chicken Dance."

Fate Boxley was all smiles Feb. 11 as she awaited the arrival of her son, Spc. Harry Lee Smith, Jr. She said she was unable to be in New Jersey two weeks earlier when her other son, Air Force Airmen Demarcus Smith, returned from Iraq.

Boxley, from Natchez, Miss., said looking forward to "going to go crazy" with the rest of the crowd when the Soldiers arrived and "holding him (her son) tight, going to eat and letting him splurge on what he wants."

The Soldiers re-board the buses and travel to the Special Events Center, via a Fort Carson Police escort, where Family and friends eagerly await the beginning of the welcome-home ceremony. The generally standing-room only crowds erupts as Toby Keith's "Courtesy of the Ride, White and Blue" begins to play, and then explodes as the doors open and the Soldiers march in.

Following a brief ceremony, that includes "a job well done" from 4th ID senior leadership and a prayer for their continued safety, the Soldiers, Family and friends are finally reunited following the anxiously-anticipated command of "Fallout."

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