Many Third Infantry Division soldiers came in two shifts late last night and early this morning. The first group of about 200 arrived at Fort Stewart about 10:30pm. As they marched across the field, friends and family members carried signs, cheered, and chanted "USA."
After the official welcome home, they were reunited with families and loved ones. Most of these soldiers have been away a year and they were overwhelmed with the excitement of the homecoming.
"You can't describe it. It's unbelievable," said Spc. Joel Coleman. "It's like you're over there out there doing the things we did. You feel all this is another, something you dream, and then when you're here actually looking at them, holding them. It's like, I don't know, it's like going to another dimension."
This recent arrival of about 400 of our local heroes are mostly from the 1st Battalion 39th Field Artillery Regiment. The soldiers will have around 72 hours of leave to spend with their families before reporting back for duty.