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Ft. Polk troops welcomed home

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FT. POLK, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- 1,200 soldiers who form the Patriots of the 4th brigade, 10th mountain division are now home for good after a 9 month deployment in Afghanistan. 

This afternoon, their families, fellow soldiers and community welcomed them back with an uncasing ceremony to signify their return. News Channel Five's Brooke Buford has the story.

"It's unexplainable," said Capt. William Brink, who returned home last month.

Nine months after being deployed in Afghanistan, Capt. William Brink is back home stateside to his family.

"You've missed them so much," said Brink. "You are so excited to see them. You are so happy. You want to kiss your wife, hug your kids, pick everyone up and so everything all at once."

"There are no words," said Jennifer Brink, his wife. "It's just emotion, after emotion. It's a roller coaster. For me, it doesn't hit me until I'm in the middle of it and they're here."

This group's return now unites the entire 4th brigade, 10th mountain division - leaving Afghanistan for good, for now, unless redeployed in the future.

Thursday afternoon, the community welcome them back with a flag uncasing ceremony.

"What this does today is that it formally brings us together as a whole," said 1st Lt. Daniel Dillenback. "The people who went, the people who didn't go - we all merge together and become that one team again."

Now, the work begins stateside after a brief break. It's a job well done and a great feeling to be home.

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