FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) - Friends and family gathered at Rinehart Fitness Center on Fort Sill Wednesday to welcome back their loved ones who have been deployed for the past 9 months in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whether it was giving their loved ones a hug or jumping in their arms, 57 soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade were greeted by their families at the Rinehart Fitness Center Wednesday morning.Soldiers got to see their family for the first time in nine 9 months.
"I'm just glad he is home he finally gets to meet his two-month old,"
"Oh its amazing!...absolutely... a part of me was missing now I'm home...amazing"
During the ceremony,General Randall McIntire, thanked the soldiers for their hard work and service to the country.
McIntire said the unit had more than 150 Counter-Rocket and Mortar engagements over their deployment.
Sandra Dupee and her daughters couldn't wait to see their dad Staff Sergeant Joseph Dupee. The family already had the day planned out for their dad.
" I'm very excited we are all very excited.I have his favorite food his favorite German food in the crockpot so he is going to eat nice dinner and he is probably going to watch TV I guess catch up on all the TV shows I was not allowed to watch like game of thrones and stuff like that. We are just going to enjoy the day. They are probably going to cling onto him like little monkeys," said Dupee.
Staff Sergeant Joseph Dupee said being reunited with his family was long over due.
Its amazing I miss them so much," said Dupee.
To add to the excitement Sandra and her daughters also celebrated Staff Sergeant Dupee's 34th birthday with balloons and signs.
"Happy Birthday Joseph we love you and we miss you so much," said Dupee.
Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery, 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade have been arriving at Fort Sill since late 2016. The unit moved from Fort Lewis, in Washington as part of Army restructuring. The unit is scheduled to formally uncase its unit colors in a ceremony at the beginning of October.