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‘Raiders’ return to Families, friends

Spc. Anthony Berry, field artillery firefinder radar operator, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, embraces his wife, Kestine Berry, at the Special Events Center during the 1st ABCT welcome home ceremony Sunday.

Story and photos By Spc. Nathan Thome

4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

As fog filled the doorway of the Special Events Center, Families and friends erupted with cheers and applause as their loved ones returned from a deployment to Kuwait, during a welcome home ceremony Sunday.

About 290 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Soldiers returned from a four-month deployment to conduct security cooperation and partnership exercises. This deployment is in accordance with the United States’ longstanding bilateral defense cooperation with Kuwait.

“Welcome home, take charge of your units, ‘Steadfast and Loyal,’” said Brig. Gen. Michael Bills, deputy commanding general, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, host for the ceremony.

The ceremony concluded with the singing of the “4th Infantry Division March” and “Army Song,” then Soldiers and Families rushed to each other.

Ashley Cutler, wife of Spc. Brandon Cutler, motor transport operator, Battery G, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery Regiment, 1st ABCT, 4th Inf. Div., arrived at the Special Events Center an hour and a half prior to the ceremony.

“I’m super excited about him coming home,” said Cutler. “Our plans are just relaxing, and then on leave, we’re going to a convention in Indianapolis.”

Spc. Robert Varwig, cannon crewmember, Battery A, 4th Bn., 42nd FA Reg., found his wife, Hanna Varwig, and two sons, Tristan and Carter, and embraced them mere seconds after being released from formation.

“I’m just really excited to be home,” said Robert Varwig. “There are so many thoughts and feelings going through my head right now; it’s hard to describe what’s going on right now.”

Hanna Varwig echoed her husband’s excitement.

“I’m so excited, I’ve been excited for a long time waiting for this day,” she said. “Once we get out of here, we’re going in town, and just spending time together.”

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