Anticipation was high at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as 200 soldiers returned to their waiting families. Taking it all in was 8-month old Kenzley, who was born -- 10 weeks premature -- just 5 days after her dad and his fellow soldiers deployed.
"We both pulled through and we're doing great. And it's so exciting to have him back today," said Jessica Rumble.
Even baby Kenzley was ready for the homecoming as she wore a special t-shirt that read, "I've waited my whole life to meet you, daddy."
Some of the members who arrived Wednesday were injured in combat and sent home early.
"It's great for me to be here to see my guys, but I think it's going to be just as good to see me," said Lt. Eric Zastoupil.
Zastoupil, who had been part of West Point's basketball team, lost part of his lower leg to a roadside bomb.
It was all smiles at Wednesday's homecoming, but the 3rd Stryker Brigade paid a heavy price in Afghanistan with many casualties. Only half of the 3,000 soldiers in the brigade are back home, but more will arrive in the coming days and weeks.