Ft. Wainwright welcomes back Strykers

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Two hundred soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division returned to Fort Wainwright today after a twelve month deployment to Afghanistan.

Members of the brigade, known as the "arctic wolves", deployed to Afghanistan last March, where they served in support of the Army's 10th Mountain Division, and more recently with the 82nd Airborne Division.

The arctic wolves conducted missions with coalition and Afghan national security forces.

Today’s flight arrived at Eielson Air Force Base at about 10:30 this morning, and the soldiers were bused to Ft. Wainwright to meet loved ones and friends.

“This is more personal for me, because my husband is actually involved in it. And it's a reality, the homecoming, so, it’s very exciting. Kids are super excited, the whole family is. I get a call daily, ‘When is Dad coming home, when is Charles going to be there?’ and it’s still a little bit, but it’s alright. We're here to support and encourage these spouses that you know what, ‘Congratulations, you did it.’ That's the best part about it, and if you can get through a deployment you can get through anything,” said Nancy Powell, Family Readiness group leader.