‘Big Red One’ Soldier experiences holding his baby for the fist time

“It was surreal,” Chief Warrant Officer 3 Nick Koeppen said. “Been trying to imagine what it would be like for the past two months, I guess. There’s no words that can probably describe it.”

Koeppen was deployed with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, when his daughter was born two months ago. But on April 12, the “Big Red One” Soldier finally got a chance to meet her during a redeployment ceremony at Fort Riley’s Marshall Army Airfield.

Watch the special moment between Koeppen and his family and hear their reaction as the “Demon” brigade Soldier holds his daughter for the first time.

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