FORT HOOD — Family members of soldiers waited in cold fall weather Friday morning for their loved ones who are soldiers in 1st Cavalry Divisions’ 3rd Armored Brigade Grey Wolf Team.
They didn’t mind the weather too much, as many of the family members had not seen their soldiers during the nine-month deployment to Kuwait and Iraq, where the brigade supported a multinational coalition against the Islamic State group.
“Over 100 troops are coming back today,” said Master Sgt. Jacob S. Caldwell, with the division’s public affairs department, as the soldiers prepared to reunite with families.
For many, this was not their first deployment.
Sgt. Neyahna Strozier sat in the stands waiting for her husband, Spc. Tyler Stozier.
“I deployed first to Afghanistan in August 2016, then he deployed in the middle of my deployment, we have been apart for 14 months,” Strozier said.
Victoria Rojas’ husband is Capt. Ricardo Rojas.
“I’m excited to have him home, nothing has been the same since he has been gone,” she said.
As buses of troops arrived to the parade lined up in front of the 1st Cavalry Division headquarters, families cheered. The ceremony began with a prayer from the 1st Cavalry chaplain.
Division deputy commander of maneuver, Col. Hank Taylor, ordered the colors to be retired, and then dismissed the troops to their families.
Victoria Rojas and Ricardo Rojas found each other on the field.
“I’m happy to be back,” Capt. Rojas said. “This is the moment I have been waiting for, I’m happy to see my daughter.”
More ceremonies will occur in the next few weeks. More than 3,000 brigade soldiers took part in the deployment.