Soldiers return home to Fort Riley after a 9 month deployment

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (WIBW) - Hundreds of soldiers were welcomed home to Fort Riley on Wednesday and it’s a day families have been waiting for since September, when the soldiers deployed to Europe.

Around 250 men and women with the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team embraced their loved ones, returning from a nine-month tour of duty in Europe.

Zachary and Ashley Morgan say the journey seemed like forever.
The Morgan’s got married one year ago, spending three months together before Zachary deployed for the first time.

"It feels amazing, after you know nine months of hard work it's just nice to come home and see my family,” PFC Zachary Morgan said.

"I was nervous a little bit, but mostly excited!” Ashley said before giving her husband a kiss.

Lisa and Douglas Miller aren't new to these reunions - he's deployed five times.

"The longer your married and the more deployments it gets a little bit harder, and the older the kids,” Lisa said.

She said with three kids it’s important to take every day as it comes, and support your loved one as much as possible.

Douglas said he felt the support from his family, even being an ocean away from them.

"The support is great, 9 months is a long mission, it's the longest I've been gone on the last few deployments, it was good to have daily support from the wife and the family and everyday contact with them, but also good to have support from the unit who helps us make contact with family,” Douglas said.

About 3,000 soldiers are coming home this week.

While overseas the brigade performed more than 550 logistical missions and traveled over 100,000 miles to support the presence and operations of units in central Europe.