Fort Benning soldiers return home

By Curtis McCloud - bio | email

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Members of the Third Brigade in Fort Benning arrived at Lawson Army Air-field just before 2:00 a.m.

They are happy and grateful to be back home just steps away from the arms of those eagerly awaiting their arrival.

Mary McEwing and her 13-month-old son Payton couldn't wait to be reunited with a husband and father who has been deeply missed. "I'm anxious and I am excited but, I'm so thrilled for him to finally be home," said McEwing.

'Together again' are two words that resonate throughout the freedom center in Fort Benning. This the longest time Kathy Rackley and her family has gone without seeing her son. But this time things were a little different.

"Communication is so much better now and he's been able to email us from time to time and call us that's been easier," Rackley said. "If you've never experience a military re-deployment then you are probably not familiar with the "wait time".

Soldiers have to first turn in all of their equipment, then they have to be processed back into the base at Fort Benning, then a security de-briefing takes place for about thirty minutes and after that it's the moment both troop and family members have been waiting for, that first glimpse of their loved one.

Third Brigade Soldier Cameo Conley said, "It feels good to be back home, I'm happy to be back with my family and my friend everyone that supported me throughout my deployment I'm happy, I'm blessed, thank you God I'm back."

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