Elizabeth Laird, known as the Fort Hood Hug Lady, hugs Spc. Tony Gonzalez, 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, as soldiers return to Fort hood Monday after a yearlong deployment to Iraq

More soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment are expected to arrive this afternoon at Fort Hood. They will be welcomed home at a noon ceremony at the parade field east of regimental headquarters at Fort Hood. Large groups of soldiers started arriving from the Middle East Monday and are expected to continue through late August. The regiment provides a 24-hour homecoming hotline at (254) 553-3269 or (254) 288-5557.

Soldiers manning the hotlines are authorized to answer limited questions, but will direct further questions toward the regiment’s family readiness support assistants, according to information from the 3rd Armored Cavalry. Loved ones designated as contacts by a soldier will receive notification of the troops’ arrivals about 72 hours before their return. Families will be directed on how to properly seek visitors passes from the Marvin Leath Visitors Center. Signs will direct drivers to the ceremony site. The site is located across the street from Mabry Hall on Battalion Avenue and between the Fairbanks Dental Clinic and Shoppette. Friends and families of the regiment are encouraged to park directly behind regimental headquarters or adjacent to Sabre Squadron’s headquarters, Mabry Hall. Bleachers are located in an air-conditioned tent.