WEST FORT HOOD – Families awoke well before dawn this morning to greet about 100 soldiers of III Corps and 3rd Cavalry Regiment returning from Afghanistan.

The excitement surrounding the Tomaka family was palpable.

Jill Tomaka surprised her two daughters Thursday morning with the news that their dad, Lt. Col. Paul Tomaka with III Corps, was returning that day. They expected his deployment to last another two months. 

Hailey Tomaka, 8, held a sign reading “Next mission—retirement. No more deployments!” and wore a t-shirt emblazoned with an image of her dad.

Luckily, the family’s second deployment will be their last, as they look forward to his retirement.  

Read more in tomorrow's Killeen Daily Herald.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at mlozano@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7552.

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