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Fort Carson welcomes hundreds of soldiers home

By Tom Roeder Updated: November 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm

The last soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team are due back at Fort Carson Tuesday, ending the 3,800-soldier unit's nine month deployment to Kuwait.

Nearly 250 1st brigade soldiers arrived at the post just before 2 a.m. Monday kicking off a day of homecomings at the post. Monday evening, the post was set to welcome 150 soldiers from the 43rd Sustainment Brigade back from nine months in Afghanistan.

The soldiers from the 43rd headed overseas to close down the American effort in Afghanistan, closing bases and shipping gear home as the military readies for its 2014 pullout after more than 12 years at war.

"The 43rd successfully completed critical engineer projects that included base closures, base transfers and base consolidation," the post said in a news release. "Their hard work and dedication saved taxpayers more than $600 million."

The 1st brigade soldiers worked in Kuwait to train America's allies in the region and acted as a visible sign of America's dedication to the fractious region.

The troops were on high alert for much of their deployment due to the Syrian civil war and the use of chemical weapons by Syrian strongman Bashar Assad.

The homecomings hit as the post says farewell to thousands of troops headed overseas.

The 2nd Brigade Combat Team is taking over from their 1st brigade comrades in Kuwait, where they're beginning work at Camp Buehring, in the desert northwest of Kuwait City.

Meanwhile, soldiers in the post's 4th Brigade Combat Team are wrapping up a massive training exercise in California to prepare them for war.

For the past month, the 4th brigade soldiers fought a simulated war at Fort Irwin in California's Mojave Desert.

They'll head overseas in the coming months to join Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division headquarters in Afghanistan.

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