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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 8:10 am, Wed Jul 31, 2013.

FORT HOOD — Alissa Kirkpatrick held her 6-month-old son, Corben, as she waited for her husband to see him for the first time after returning from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Amid the silence of two battalions’ uncasing their colors, symbolizing the official end of their tour, Kirkpatrick’s 2-year-old daughter, Sophia, yelled out, “Daddy, daddy.”

“It was really tough (being away from my family). I focused on my job mostly and night was when you miss them the most,” said Pvt. Michael Kirkpatrick, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, during a homecoming ceremony Tuesday at Cooper Field.

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