Home for the holidays: Nearly 300 soldiers return home to JBLM after deployment
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Nearly 300 soldiers got a huge "Welcome Back" early Sunday morning at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
They're with the Army's 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment and just wrapped up their nine-month tour of duty.
The soldiers were supposed to return home in January, but their homecoming got bumped up several weeks. Just in time for Christmas.
Amanda Green and her two daughters have waited a long time for this. On Sunday, Green's husband was coming home.
"We weren't sure if he'd be coming or not for Christmas," Green said. "I was holding out hope."
On Sunday, 265 men and women in uniform stood eager to see their loved ones.
Loved ones held onto colorful heartfelt signs, showing off their stars and stripes.
So many hugs and kisses to make up for the last nine months.
For Major Timothy Green, it's all worth the wait.
"It feels great," Timothy Green said. "You think about it, you wait for it for the longest time and then you get overwhelmed with emotions but you feel great."
For Amanda Green and their kids, there is nothing better than this.
"Santa has brought me my gift," Amanda Green said.