By Ava Wilhite
Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) -- For the Families of the 4th Battalion, 118th infantry, the final minutes of waiting for their loved ones to return feels like an eternity.
After a ceremony and final instructions, the soldiers returned to the families who watched them leave home one year ago.
For The Watsons of Goose Creek, it will be a first meeting between father and daughter.
"It's unexplainable. I've been waiting for a long time," said Lauren Watson, who could only send pictures of now-4-month-old daughter Alexis to her husband, Kristopher.
"It's just amazing; it's the greatest gift I could ask for," said her husband, Kristopher Watson.
Even man's best friend was allowed inside the armory for the homecoming.
"Well, we wanted to bring Keyla because that's Matt's baby. So she's missed him and I'm sure she's excited to see him," said Kristy Walters, wife of a retuning soldier.
After a year of separation, hugs lasted a little longer for returning soldier Randy Gantt.
"It's fantastic. I mean, it's been a long, hard trip and they surprised us by letting us come home earlier. I still cant believe it," said Gantt.