Fort Hood: 300 troops home from Iraq for holidays

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Elama Palemene is kissed by his wife, Annaden, right, and children Ko' Elani, left, and Pe' Ela during an early morning welcome home ceremony for about 300 U.S. Army 1st Cavalry 2nd Brigade soldiers returning home from deployment in Iraq at Fort Hood, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. ((AP Photo/Erich Schlegel))

December 18, 2011 7:31:02 AM PST
Staff Sgt. Elama Palemene held his two young daughters and kissed his wife early Sunday after returning to Fort Hood with about 300 other soldiers, among the last U.S. combat troops returning from Iraq in time for the holidays.