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Hundreds of Soldiers Reunite at Fort Gordon After 9 Month Deployment

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Hundreds of soldiers are home with their loved ones tonight.

The soldiers are from the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion from the 35th Signal Brigade.

It was certainly an emotional ceremony today with hundreds of families waiting to see their loved ones.

Fort Gordon welcomed home 100 soldiers who returned from deployment.

Lawrence Alberts held his daughter for the first time in 9 months.

"My daughter doesn't really recognize me but I'm sure that'll come with time," said soldier Lawrence Alberts.

Alberts served in Kuwait where he provided technical support for US forces.

"It's hard at times – we were able to keep in touch through skype and emails so that made it easier," said Alberts.

At a ceremony at Fort Gordon on Friday, hundreds of other military families just like the Alberts reunited with their loved ones.

"I'm happy and thankful he is here," said Dina Parker.

"I am glad to be home. I just joined the army. I am just glad to be here," said Douvier Miles.

"I have a lot of gray hairs but grateful that the lord brought him back to me," said Parker.

For families like the Alberts, the toughest part is to balance patriotism with parenthood.

"It's hard missing her grow up knowing that I won't see many things. But that's part of the army life – I don't regret it," said Alberts.

The ceremony had about 200 soldiers – 100 arrived today, and another 100 others arrived a few weeks back on 9/11.

Most of the soldiers were part of the 67th Signal Battalion.

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