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Dozens of soldiers return from deployment

KTSM
Fort Bliss

POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 8:52pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 8:53pm

More than 100 soldiers returned from deployment in Afghanistan Tuesday.

The soldiers are assigned to the First and Third Battalions, 501st Aviation Regiment, 1st Armored Division Combat Aviation Brigade, and returned after 7 months of deployment to Afghanistan.

For Staff Sgt. Trence James, he could not wait to reunite with his wife and three daughters.

SSG Trence James reunites with his family after deployment

"It's great to be home, it's great to be with family, it's great to be back on American soil," said James.

For Mark McSweeney, his reunion was tender. He had not seen his daughter since she was 3 months old.

Mark McSweeney holding his daughter upon his return from deployment

"She's gotten so big, I mean, I've watched her on Skype and I can't believe how big she is. I'm so glad to see her," gushed McSweeney.

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