FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (WTVD) — It’s a bittersweet homecoming for hundreds of paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne’s Falcon Brigade. During its nine-month deployment in the fight against ISIS, the brigade lost three of its own. They were stationed in Iraq and Syria.

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Some families shared kisses and hugs. Others held signs to greet their soldiers.

LTC Sean McGee meets 2 month old daughter for the first time. He says he thought about his family every day. pic.twitter.com/9WerCiPQPp

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“Daddy, I’m so glad you’re home. Being the man of the house is hard. You can have your job back,” said Lt. Col. Sean McGee’s son.

Unexplainable emotions filled the air at the Green Ramp on post.

“We’ve done separation but this is by far the longest we’ve ever been apart, so to have him home and safe is the greatest reward,” said Renee Semerar, the fiancée of First Lt. Jack Semerar.

First Lt. Jake Semerar is among the many soldiers who safely returned home today. pic.twitter.com/E3D04sBNCp

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