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More Ft. Campbell soldiers return to post

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A soldier proposes to his girlfriend after arriving Friday morning. A soldier proposes to his girlfriend after arriving Friday morning.
FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WSMV) -

The weather may have been cold and wet, but Friday was the beginning of an exciting weekend for families at Fort Campbell, as hundreds of troops arrived home.

With snowflakes billowing in the air, two planes full of soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division finally touched down on American soil after they were in Afghanistan for nearly six months.

"We're really excited. This is the first time my husband will be meeting his daughter, so I'm super excited to see him," said Bethany Burnette, wife of a soldier.

Inside a gym near the tarmac, family members waited anxiously, many toting hand-painted signs.

After a brief ceremony, came the mass reunion as families ran to the arms of soldiers.

And at least one man also got down on one knee, making it official without wasting another second.

"I've been waiting on coming back to the girl I want to spend the rest of my life with," he said. "She's been supporting me the whole deployment, and I've been very grateful for everything she's been able to do. I get to come home and spend the rest of my life with the girl I've always wanted to spend it with."

Homecomings like these Friday are becoming somewhat of a routine at Fort Campbell. More than 200 other soldiers have arrived home in the last two weeks.

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