Fort Hood: Soldiers relieved to return home safely from Korea deployment

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FORT HOOD, Texas (KWTX) The Third Armored Brigade Combat Team from the First Cavalry Division hosted their color uncasing ceremony on Fort Hood Saturday morning.

Photo by Alex Gibbs

The ceremony signifies their official return to Fort Hood after a nine-month deployment in South Korea.

While the unit assisted with deterring North Korean Aggression, they faced a recent unsuspected challenge, maintaining good health and distance from the coronavirus.

With over 1,000 cases including deaths from the illness in South Korea, soldiers and their families have been concerned over the spread of the virus.

According to Col. Kevin Capra, all precautions were taken and no one was put in quarantine.

"The U.S. forces in Korea have done a tremendous job getting out information protecting the force and protecting the soldiers over there," he said.

"We followed all directions from them and thankfully, everyone returned home safe and sound."

Corporal Michael Koneczny says concerns over the coronavirus made him and his family very uneasy.

"I was a little nervous about the possibility of being quarantined when we returned home," he said.

"Being here, but still being away at the same time, that would've sucked."

With the soldiers perfectly healthy and their mission accomplished, Koneczy and his wife, Taylor, finally enjoyed a safe and special homecoming.

"I didn't think I was going to cry but then I was a babbling mess," she said.