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Happy homecomings ahead at Fort Carson

October 6, 2017 Updated: October 6, 2017 at 8:32 am
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Lt. Col. Bo Dennis, commander of Fort Carson’s 2nd Battalion of the 12th Infantry Regiment, shakes hands with his soldiers Monday as they board an Air Force C-5 transport bound for Germany. The battalion sent more than 600 troops overseas as part of an exercise to see how fast the unit could deploy to Europe in a crisis. (Tom Roeder / The Gazette)


More than 200 soldiers were due back at Fort Carson after nine months in Europe. It's one installment of a day of happy homecomings as the post's 3rd Brigade Combat Team returns from the most extensive series of European war games since the end of the Cold War. More than 500 soldiers were due back Friday on three flights.

Delays have pushed the homecoming back until later Friday at the earliest. No details of the exact time of arrival are currently available.

"The brigade conducted deterrence operations in Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Germany. The brigade completed large-scale movements throughout Europe nine times, participating in 10 multinational exercises with NATO Allies and partners across the region," the post said in a news release. More members of the more than 4,000-soldier brigade were expected over the weekend.

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