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Fort Sill troops head home for the holidays

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FORT SILL, Okla.(KSWO)_For most of us, getting the travel plans together for Christmas don't get much more complicated than booking a flight or punching your destination into Google Maps for driving directions.

But on Fort Sill, it's a huge logistical operation, and it came to a head Thursday night. 

Soldiers, 4,500 of them, were hustled into 60 buses on their way home. For Private Becka Barrows, home is Spokane, Washington. She's been away for five months, and in that time, she said she's developed an unexpected fondness for the holiday.

" I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited for Christmas. I’ve never been a big fan of Christmas, but this year, it's something really special," said Private Barrows.

Colonel Jose Thompson, brigade commander of the 4/34 Field Artillery, said the anticipation of what’s waiting at the end of a long trip home creates plenty of positive energy during Thursday’s somewhat hectic process.

"The number one thing is, they are excited for the freedom. They all volunteered. They are proud to be soldiers. They are excited about showing mom and dad and family members the uniform when they get home, but really they are just excited about getting away from the training, taking a break, and enjoying the holidays," Col. Thompson said.

Colonel Thompson said the entire process of getting everyone on the right bus and on the road took about 12 hours.

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