Friends and families of Fort Carson soldiers give their heroes a warm welcome home

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two more groups of Fort Carson soldiers came home Monday.

The first homecoming happened at 6 p.m. at the Bill Reed Events Center on post.

Many smiling faces filled the stands as 240 soldiers got a warm welcome from their friends and loved ones.

Kids held signs made for their moms and dads, while wives and husbands anxiously waited to hug their heroes who they haven’t seen since being deployed to Afghanistan in December of last year.

For the Ledezma family, dad’s little princess and big boy have grown a lot since then.

“I’m so excited like my anxiety is through the roof right now, it was through the roof but now I’m just very excited that my kids are back with their dad and he’s back with us,” said Patricia Ledezma.

Both of these troops are from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

The second homecoming happened at 7:45 p.m., where 140 soldiers got to march straight ino their family’s arms.

The Mitchells say they’ve got some big plans for the first thing they’re going to do and the first thing they’ll eat.

“Um probably snuggle on the couch. Tacos! That’s his favorite,” said Lindsey Mitchell.

Another group of about 115 officers are also getting to come home Tuesday, September 13, which means in just two days nearly 500 Fort Carson soldiers are home safe.

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