FORT HOOD — Approximately 40 soldiers with the 1st Cavalry Division’s Forward Headquarters Battery were greeted with cheers and tears early Friday morning when they returned to Fort Hood after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.

Among those reunited with the soldiers at 1st Cavalry’s Cooper Field was Bri Dash who was waiting for her sister, 1st Lt. Danielle Verderber. Friday was also the first time Verderber had met her 2-month-old nephew, Blake, which she had only seen through photos and video messaging.

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