COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4)- Fort Carson troops were welcomed home at the Army post from their mission to Afghanistan. The soldiers, about 350, arrived home at about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

They were greeted with a hero’s welcome that was very emotional with tears, cheers and everyone on their feet, eager to reunite with loved ones.

A second wave of about 300 more troops arrived just after noon on Wednesday.

The soldiers are with the Raider Brigade, 1st Brigade Combat Team. They spent the past year in Afghanistan helping rebuild its infrastructure. They also partnered with the Afghan National Security Force. Their missions included air support, mine clearance and medical assistance.

Military officials said that the troops partnership with Afghan forces helped strengthen a network of informants. Tips and interaction with Afghan civilians led forces to more caches of weapons and explosives, which were disabled.

About 100,000 U.S. Troops remain in Afghanistan. That’s three times as many as when President Obama took office.


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