Friends and families on Sunday cheered the arrival of 250 soldiers from the Fourth Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Second Infantry Division.
The Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord soldiers spent the last seven months on deployment in Afghanistan.
Specialist Jesse Pennington choked back tears as he held his 2-month-old daughter for the first time.
“Everything I've been through is just worth the joy that I have now,” he said.
During their deployment, the soldiers helped Afghan forces provide security.