Returning JBLM soldiers wonder if they're headed to Syria

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by DREW MIKKELSEN / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 25, 2013 at 5:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 25 at 5:40 PM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- Nearly 200 members of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 4th Stryker Brigade are back home.

But for how long?

“I’m not worried about anything but hanging with my family,” said Sgt. Jonathan Hamilton, who met his 5-month-old son, Jonathan Junior, at his division’s homecoming Thursday morning.

At the same time in Washington, D.C., members of Congress were receiving notice that the Syrian government may have used chemical weapons.

President Barack Obama had said proof of chemical warfare could prompt the United States to use military force in Syria.

“It doesn’t really affect what we do on a day-to-day basis,” said Sgt. Sean Outman, surrounded by his wife and three children at the JBLM homecoming ceremony. He and most of the soldiers returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan were more concerned about spending time at home.

“I’m just glad to see my family, be back and relax,” said Private First Class Simon Hernandez.

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