Welcome Home: Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

FORT CARSON, Colo. - There was no shortage of raw happiness at Fort Carson Wednesday afternoon.

Soldiers from the 242nd Explosive Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group were welcomed home after they spent a year in Afghanistan.

The Sadler family said they were ready to spend some quality time together after so much time apart.

"After a year of being gone in Iraq, it's a wonderful feeling to be back with my family and to have my parents here as well," said Major Bobby Sadler.

Through tears, his wife Marie Sadler said she was thrilled to have her husband back home with her and her daughter.

Sadler's parents traveled from South Dakota to welcome their son home.

"It affects the whole family. If you have a soldier deployed, the whole family is deployed. All you can do support them and pray for them," said Cheri Falyne, Sadler's mother.

According to Fort Carson, the 242nd Explosive Ordnance Battalion, 71st Ordnance Group performed and directed more than 1,500 missions, including approximately 850 emergency response missions and approximately 350 responses to reported improvised explosive devices. They also conducted post blast analysis and explosive cache destruction of more than 40,000 pounds of explosives.

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