Steven Patelis, left, holds his seven week old daughter Charlotte for the first time after a homecoming ceremony for the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center on Fort Carson on Friday. Patelis has been deployed in the Middle East since February and missed his daughters birth on 27th of August. Patelis’ wife Amy has FaceTimed him so he could see their daughter, but said she couldn’t wait for them to finally meet. “I’m more giddy that I was on my wedding day,” she said. Approximately 280 soldiers returned home from the nine-month deployment where they were supporting Operation Spartan Shield.
A hero’s homecoming