Wielding two small American flags as he sat in the stands at Fort Stewart’s Cottrell Field, 3-year-old Gabriel Riley knew exactly what he planned to do when he saw his dad for the first time in seven months.
“I’m going to climb up on him,” the energetic toddler said as he waved the flags in his mother Megan Riley’s face.
Minutes later that was exactly what he did when he spotted Sgt. Christopher Riley rapidly making his way across the parade grounds toward him.
Monday evening Sgt. Riley was among about 100 soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team to return to Fort Stewart after an about seven-month combat deployment to Afghanistan.