ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A sea of camouflage at St. Louis Lambert International Airport on Thursday morning, as thousands of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood began making their way home for Christmas.

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Soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood use the baggage carousel as support as they wait for their flights during Holiday Block Leave at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport in St. Louis on December 21, 2017. Nearly 4,000 men and women from the army training facility will board airplanes to go home for two weeks to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

A party by the USO to send thousands of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood home for the holidays with a smile, reports KMOX’s Brian Feldman. It included photos with Santa, a live DJ and free food.

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Soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood dance in the USO of Missouri as they wait for their flights during Holiday Block Leave at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport in St. Louis on December 21, 2017. Nearly 4,000 men and women from the army training facility will board airplanes to go home for two weeks to celebrate the Christmas holidays. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

One soldier was on her way home to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to see her newborn nephew.

“It was actually really overwhelming to see everyone’s support; it was really cool walking in here and just seeing everyone out here and their enthusiasm for us,” she said. “It’s just encouraging and motivating.”

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Soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood grab a quick nap before catching their flights on Holiday Block Leave at St. Louis-Lambert International Airport in St. Louis on December 21, 2017. Nearly 4,000 men and women from the army training facility will board airplanes to go home for the Christmas holidays. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

“It’s been a while since I’ve actually heard real music besides cadences,” said another solider on his way home to Fargo, North Dakota.

The parties took place in Terminal 1 and 2.

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