It’s been 15 months since 128 Fort Rucker soldiers have seen their family and friends.
But Thursday night, dozens of tearful reunions took place on post during this hero’s homecoming.
After months of waiting, families finally got the chance to hug their loved ones once again.
Husbands reunited with wives and children reunited with their mother or father.
Members of B-Company of the 46th Engineering battalion, also known as "The Beast", spent the past 15 months improving the infrastructure in Iraq.
They helped rebuild schools, bridges, and buildings in and around Baghdad.
But tonight, they're just glad to be home.
WTVY asked a couple of these soldiers what they missed most while they were away...
“Freedom from being home,” said SPC Adam Meadows.
“What about me?!” snapped back his significant other.
What plans they had now that they are home:
“Marriage,” said SPC Maurio Anderson. “Hopefully in the next 4 or 5 days,”
And the toughest part about being so far from family:
“Not being able to spend time with him and him missing all the first time she (their daughter) sat up the first time, the first time she said mama and hopefully she’ll say dada soon,” laughs Ashley Bailey, wife of SPC Chance Bailey.
“Man just being with them, being able to hold my kids, being able to hold my wife. Everything,” added SPC Jamal Polite
Fort Rucker officials pulled out all the stops to make sure these soldiers received a hero's welcome.
Every soldier who deployed on the mission in June of last year, made it back home tonight.
Fort Rucker officials say for the next 3 days, the soldiers will undergo medical evaluations and be de-briefed.
After that, they'll go on leave.