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Third ID soldiers meet their children for the first time

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After more than six months in Afghanistan, dozens of dog-face soldiers came came face to face Thursday night with the families who've been missing them.

About 120 soldiers from the Third Infantry Division's First Brigade Combat Team returned from deployment in Zabul Province three months early.

For Laura Faciane, nine months pregnant, every day her husband was away is a day he might've missed the birth of his first child.

"I'm just so glad it's almost over," she said as she waited on Fort Stewart for his bus to pull up.

A lot happened to these families in the six months these soldiers were deployed.

Jessica Kiaha-Murray one of five mothers WTOC met who gave birth while her soldier was away. She said she's been crying off and on every few hours for two days.

"Not sad, I'm just so excited," she said, holding the couple's third child, their four-month-old son, Ikaika.

Michael Young watched the birth of his first child, Cullen, over Facetime from a tent at Forward Operating Base Apache. He's only seen his daughter in two dimensions.

Michel's wife, Courtney, said their daughter smiles when he talks to her over Facetime.

"She'll wonder how he got out of that computer," Courtney said as she waited for her husband to arrive.

Families spent hours in the sweltering heat, the soldiers' arrival delayed.

The first sight of them brought screams and tears.

Soldiers marched across the field, waiting in agony through speeches in songs. Then, the families were given the green light told to, "attack the formation."

And Michael Young got to kiss his daughter for the first time.

"I've been waiting a long time, a long time," he said. "And it made it even harder that I didn't get to come back and see the birth of my first. But right now, at this moment. it was worth it."

Sean Kiaha-Murray met his son.

"It was hard but I'm here now," he said. "That's all that matters."

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