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Welcome home 32nd Trans.

Sgt. James Copeland kisses his daughter, Jasmine, as his wife, Jessica, looks on during the welcome home ceremony for the 32nd Transportation Company held at the Special Events Center Monday.

Sgt. James Copeland kisses his daughter, Jasmine, as his wife, Jessica, looks on during the welcome home ceremony for the 32nd Transportation Company held at the Special Events Center Monday.

Story and photos by Geoffrey Roper

Mountaineer staff

Fort Carson welcomed home more than 150 Soldiers from the 32nd Transportation Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade at the Special Events Center Monday.

The 32nd Trans. returns to Fort Carson having completed a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, with friends and Family coming out in force to show their appreciation.

For Brenda Daumond, this is starting to become old hat, as her son, Sgt. Kelly Daumond, returned from another tour of duty.

Even so, she still gets emotional every time he returns.

“Unbelievable, every time, we’re here when he comes home. This is his fourth tour. We’ve been here every time … there are no words for it,” she said.

This is the second tour for Sgt. James Copeland, met at the ceremony by his wife, Jessica, and daughter, Jasmine.

His wife said she was just glad he made it home safely.

“Great, excited just to have him here,” she said.

Copeland said he feels exactly the same way.

“It’s really a good feeling knowing that your Family is there for you,” he said.

After being away from them for a year, Copeland said he missed them and was ready to start being a dad again.

“It feels great. It’s been a long year and well deserved, and (it’s) time to have a good time and enjoy my Family,” he said.

While deployed, the 32nd Trans. was responsible for transporting various supplies, including water, fuel, ammunition and parts to other units operating at Regional Command East at Bagram Air Base, and throughout Afghanistan.

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