Around 150 troops return to the United States after Kuwait mission

Fort Bliss welcomes more than a...

Fort Bliss welcomed dozens and dozens of soldiers to the United States after a nine-month-long mission in the Middle East. 

"I'm so excited to see my kids," said Specialist Doris Guerra. "I have two little girls waiting for me."

The troops are part of the 29th Infantry Division, which is made up of the Virginia and Maryland National Guard. They were deployed in Kuwait, the officials said. 

Lieutenant Brian Staton could not wait to see his 1 1/2 year-old son and 3 1/2 year-old daughter.

"Especially my son, he was eight months when I left," Staton said. "So now he's running, walking, he's doing everything now he couldn't do before.

Many of the troops were parents who eagerly awaited being reunited with their children.

"My son turned two while I was gone," said Captain Marcus Miller. "So I'm very excited to see him."

The last time the 29th Infantry Division was deployed in a group this large was during the invasion of Normandy in 1944, said Mike Brantley, Fort Bliss media Relations Officer.

The troops have at least seven to ten more days before they reach their final destination.

"(I can't wait to) get back to Maryland, state of crab cakes and football," said Second Lieutenant Randolph Clark.


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