El Paso, TX (KDBC) — One hundred and seventy two soldiers returned home Friday from Afghanistan.
They are part of the 4th battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. The 4-17th Buffalos as they're called deployed last December to join a military coalition made up of more than 62 nations including Afghan security forces. The goal of the mission was to help promote a secure and stable region.
"I'm really excited to be back together and to see my daughter,” said Soldier Stephen Wilson.
Wilson was met by his wife and daughter, whom he met for the first time.
“Excited to just be a family and be together again,” said Meredith Wilson.
One father anxiously awaited for his 22-year-old son to return.
"It's a duty of ours first of all to support your children. Secondly to support the military which you know these men and women just give everything for us and a little commitment that we give to come down here and to see them and support them when they get here is needed," said Rob Hennig from Kansas City, MO.
Of this specific brigade, there are roughly 1, 000 soldiers still in Afghanistan that should be home by October, according to Fort Bliss.