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Fort Hood color uncasing marks return of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team

Posted at 6:55 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-07 19:55:42-05

FORT HOOD, TX — Fort Hood's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team made their return home on March 7 after a nine-month deployment.

About 200 soldiers returned safely to Fort Hood from Korea.

Kaitlyn Llanez waited nine long months to hug her father.

"We're excited," said Kaitlyn.

"Anxious," added her mother Diana. "We're just ready. We've gotten to see each other through the internet and everything, so being able to see him now in person is really exciting."

Command Sergeant Major Cesar Llanez returned to Fort Hood from a nine-month rotation in Korea on Saturday alongside the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

While it is not unusual for military flights to return to Texas, a flight was delayed just last week due to reported illness.

Korea has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases behind China, according to the Associated Press.

However, Col. Kevin Capra, Commander of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, said thankfully they steered clear of the coronavirus.

"Tremendous relief to be out of there," said Capra. "I think the folks in U.S. Forces Korea have done a tremendous job getting out information protecting the force and protecting the soldiers over there...we followed all direction from them."

Saturday's color uncasing ceremony marked the unit's official return to Fort Hood.