FORT HOOD — Jasmine Cudjoe was happy when she finally saw her “goofy” husband after a deployment to Afghanistan.
“He’s not really serious at all, so I don’t know when to take him seriously or not,” said Cudjoe of her husband, Spc. Trevor Cudjoe, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team. “He told me a couple of times that they ... changed it to a 16-month deployment. I got mad.”
Thankfully, Cudjoe was joking, and after nine months stationed at Regional-Command East, more than 300 soldiers in the 4th Brigade Combat Team returned to Fort Hood during a homecoming ceremony late Thursday at Cooper Field.
The final soldiers to return from the brigade’s security force assistance mission were in the 27th Brigade Support Battalion and 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment.
With the entire brigade home, “Long Knife” uncased its colors, symbolizing the end of the tour.
“It’s great to be back, personally, but to know that the whole team’s back now and everybody is back safe is even more meaningful,” said Col. William Benson, the brigade’s commander.
Cudjoe said she’s been counting down the days until she could see her husband. The couple got married a few months before he deployed.
“It was hard. It’s been really tough,” she said. “But we talked just about every day.”
Although the brigade will inactivate at a later date, Benson said soldiers will participate in reintegration training next week, followed by 30 days of leave.
“I’ve been in the Army long enough to see units come and go and five (or) 10 years from now, it’ll all change again and 4th Brigade may come back,” Benson said. “The Army’s really not about organization, it’s about people. It’s about relationships that you build. It’s about leadership.”
For more on the brigade’s return to Fort Hood, read Wednesday’s Fort Hood Herald.