FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WSMV) -
There are some very happy families out at Fort Campbell as 75 soldiers came back home from Afghanistan for the first time in a year Friday.
Among those waiting so long was Denise Lichtscheidl. On post, Lichtscheidl was ready to introduce her husband to Bentley, a 6-month-old with a beaming smile. Sitting with the other families, a sign for Bentley read, "I've been waiting my entire life to meet you."
"I kinda did it with the last deployment too with my son," Lichtscheidl said, laughing. "It's kinda like, 'here, here's a baby!'"
Family and friends gave thunderous cheers and applause to the 887th Engineer Support Company as they entered the room. The group of 75 heavy equipment operators who arrived home Friday have been clearing routes of explosive devices in Afghanistan.
"I left when he was 4 months old," said Spc. Todd Bandy, looking at his son, Aiden. "I came back and he was over a year old. I missed a lot from then until now. This is the best feeling I've had in my entire life. I couldn't be happier. I'm back with my wife, my son and my mom. It couldn't be better."
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