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As the families waited and watched on post Monday afternoon, anticipation continued to build.
"I've been here since 12:30 p.m., and I'm getting a little impatient now," said one woman, who was waiting for her husband.
Many of the friends and family members carried signs. Others were wearing their warm welcome, like 6-month-old Liam.
"Luckily, he didn't start walking or crawling yet, but he's been smiling. He has a big personality. That's probably the most I wish he got to see," said Justine Boback, who is the wife of one paratrooper.
"I grabbed him and really pulled him over. His friends said I manhandled him. It felt good. I enjoyed it," said Alena Knauss, the wife of one soldier.
THE ANTICIPATION BUILDS: hundreds are here at Green Ramp waiting for their soldiers to return from Afghanistan. The crowd just erupted with a cheer of excitement knowing the aircraft will be landing soon. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/a6A7nuFa26— Akilah Davis (@DavisABC11) March 12, 2018