Stone Work, 12, shared that his life has been a little different over the last nine months.
"It's been like how my sister said, 'quiet.' Sometimes interesting, sometimes not," said Stone.
That is because his dad has been overseas serving with the 3rd Cavalry Regiment "Brave Rifles."
Alongside other friends and families, Stone was at Fort Hood on Friday to welcome his dad home, who he said has made a real sacrifice by serving for his country.
"It's been pretty difficult I mean, but we're focused on the mission overseas and it's a real mission," said Lt. Col. Matthew Work, Stone's dad.
While overseas, Brave Rifles Troopers worked alongside coalition partners and supported Iraqi Security Forces as they continued their fight to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS, also known as Daesh.
"I think it was absolutely a successful mission. We've really made amazing headway over the last nine months, helping the Iraqi Security Forces stamp out some of the last remnants of Daesh," said Major Andrew Betson, operations officer for the Cavalry Squadron of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment.
Stone and his family were not the only ones who welcomed a loved one home.
"I'm waiting for my husband. He is a company commander right now, and he's been gone a long time," Callie Cummings, who welcomed her husband home.
"It has been difficult at times, but I have a very supportive wife, very lucky man," said CPT Christopher Cummings, Callie's husband.
Stone and his sister said their best advice for others who have loved ones making the sacrifice of serving overseas far from home is to stay strong.
"Be positive, stay strong, and he'll come soon," said Stone.
"He will come home soon, and just stay positive," said Lilia Work.
Officials shared the 3rd Cavalry Regiment deployed to Iraq in April 2018 as part of a regular rotation of forces in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and will be replaced by 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
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