Fort Campbell soldiers return from Iraq deployment

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FORT CAMPBELL, Tenn. (WKRN) — The long wait is almost over as families gathered Thursday night to welcome their loved ones home from a 9-month tour of duty in Iraq and southwest Asia.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team “STRIKE” and the 101st Airborne Division return home just one week after about 200 others arrived.

Millicent Ahin’s husband, Robert Ahin, was part of the mission called Operation Inherent Resolve. She told News 2 the last 9 months she has stayed strong, but the last few days leading up to now have seemed like an eternity.

“This is the longest week ever,” said Ahin.

Thursday afternoon she was making his favorite meal. Millicent and her husband are originally from Ghana, so the dish she was preparing is called Jollof Rice.

She also purchased flowers and the new PS4 gaming system that he has wanted for a long time.

Ahin says she is grateful and told News 2 not everyone who was on the mission survived.

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(Photo: WKRN)

“For some reason, I had great faith in God that he that started it, would bring him back home safely,” she said.

The soldier’s mission was to advance, train and equip Iraqi security forces to fight against ISIS.

At first, the group was scheduled to arrive at Ft. Campbell at 5:50 p.m.

Families welcomed their soldiers home around 10:50 p.m.