In this image released by the U.S. military, a soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Fort Lewis, Wash., scans his sector for threats using a Stryker vehicle for cover on a main road in Muqdadiyah, about 90 kilometers (60 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2008 during Operation Raider Harvest. The top U.S. commander in still-volatile northern Iraq said Wednesday that a nationwide operation launched against insurgents was meeting less resistance than expected, but that troops would pursue extremists until they are dead or pushed out of the country. (AP Photo/U. S. Army, Spc. John Crosby/ho)
Three ceremonies are scheduled to return from Iraq. One Battalion already returned around 3:00 Monday afternoon. Another is scheduled for 1:25 and the third around 4:00a.m. Tuesday.
Family members cheered as the soldiers filed into a Fort Riley building. After a short ceremony the soldiers were reunited with the family and friends who had gathered for their return. For PFC Christopher Ramos, it was the first time he had seen his daughter since her birth ten months ago.
Tears of joy ran down the cheeks of several people present as they embraced their loved ones who have been gone for what felt like an eternity.