Emelya Barowitz, 1, screams and waves a flag as she waits with a relative for her father, Sgt. John Barowitz, to return from Afghanistan with about 150 soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at the Fort Carson Special Events Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 4th BCT is the last Fort Carson unit deployed in Afghanistan and will be completely out of theater by December of this year. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Michael Ciaglo) MAGS OUT (Michael Ciaglo / AP)
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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Members of Fort Carson's last combat brigade in Afghanistan are starting to come home.
About 150 soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team were welcomed home Wednesday by family and friends waving flags. Former soldier Jesse Cunard proposed to his girlfriend, Spc. Bethany Jensen, soon after she arrived.
The Gazette reports that the brigade is sending troops home early as American bases are handed over to Afghan forces. More members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team are expected to return over the next four months.