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342 members of 3rd CAB, 3rd ID come back to HAAF

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They've been waiting and waiting for a reunion, months in the making! Tuesday afternoon, more of our 3rd Infantry Division soldiers are home from Afghanistan. One of the largest homecomings yet, as 342 troops from the 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade came home to Hunter Army Airfield.

Wild cheers from family and friends greeted their return, as they sang "Dog Faced Soldier" and rushed into their loved ones arms.

After the hugs and kisses came the photos and more photos.

Sgt. First Class Shawanea Byers was greeted by her husband and five year-old daughter and 14 year-old son. 

"My baby is growing up. I have a high schooler. I have a kindergartner. It just means the world to me today," SFC. Byers told WTOC. 

For a mother overseas, making the time go by fast was tough.

"Skype and communicating everyday helped out," she said.

"It gets harder the more we do, but that's our job. That's what we got to do," Sgt. Nathan Fitzpatrick told WTOC.

Sgt. Fitzpatrick's wife and five year-old daughter were home in Savannah while he was with his 3rd Combat Air Brigade fixing aircrafts, doing what he could do to keep them flying, along with the rest of his unit. He knew they had a community full of support back home.

"Oh, it's an amazing feeling. I couldn't explain it anymore. I am more than lucky to have my family support while I was over there," he said.

Each and everyone of these men and women has an idea of what they want to do now that they are home.

"I'm just looking forward to a getting settled, re-integrating with my family and getting a normal routine and everyday routine with the Army," Sgt. Fitzpatrick said.

That's Sgt. Fitzpatrick's plan. SFC. Byers has a much more basic idea of a her first thing she will do.

"Taking my boots off and letting my feet air in the wind," she said. "That's it."

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