Soldiers, families celebrate joyous homecoming at JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- After 8 months in Afghanistan and a 25-hour flight, 240 soldiers landed to much fanfare Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The members of the 4th Stryker Brigade, second infantry division say they're proud of the work they did in Afghanistan, where they were tasked with helping the nation set up its independence.

Wednesday's homecoming included a number of babies born during deployment. It was the first time Christian Stewart laid eyes an his 6-month-old son.

Holding her 3-month-old son John, Danette Tillou had a hard time scanning the sea of camouflage to spot her husband, specialist Brady Tillou.

Brady saw his son on Skype after the boy was born on April 5, but Wednesday was the first time he had ever held the boy. The couple has a lot to celebrate. In addition to their new child, their one year anniversary just passed on July 6.

Adriena Fuentes made it clear how long she's been waiting for her boyfriend, private first class Jess Davielle.

"I've waited 258 days for this kiss," she said.

Jesse's family drove 15 hours to take part in Wednesday's homecoming.

And the icing on the cake for the returning soldiers is that they've got a pass for the entire weekend and don't' have to be back to work until Monday.