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Horse Detachment Returns to Fort Hood

Fort Hood, Texas
-- Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division's Horse Cavalry Detachment returned home from Iraq on Jan. 5 to a crowd of family, friends and well-wishers.

Cold weather had chased family and friends indoors to wait for the arrival, but hadn't dampened their excitement.

Sarah Fordemwalt eagerly waited with a friend inside the 1st Cavalry Headquarters for word of the unit's imminent arrival. She said she first learned of the Soldiers return two months ago.

"The last two months have been really long," she said.

Melba Ray had heard about the return but found out they were coming home for sure about a week ago.

"I am ecstatic," she said as she waited for the bus bearing her grandson to arrive. She said she was looking forward to spending time with him. "As soon as we can get him free, we'll do some things."

Ray said when her grandson left she thought it could be months between communications but with e-mail they maintained almost daily contact.

"I loved that," she said. "It was wonderful."

"Having information coming [from the family readiness group] helped with what we saw on the news," Ray said. "It put things in perspective."

When the bus arrived, anxious families greeted the returning Soldiers. After a brief ceremony, families rushed onto the field and into the arms of their loved ones.

Also waiting to greet the returning Soldiers were five Houston Texans cheerleaders. The Texans cheerleaders have been coming to Fort Hood since before the war started.

Most Soldiers were anxious to leave after the initial welcome home hugs. Many families began to leave as reveille approached. One Soldier however, remarked, "I want to wait. I haven't done this in a while."

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