"The enemy has a vote in this too," Shellito said. "So we'll see how that goes."
Shellito said he had "a reasonable degree of confidence" his soldiers would be back by the end of July. "But if you'd called me two days ago, I'd have said I was reasonably confident that they'd be coming home in March," he added.
"You don't plan anything until they step off that plane. Then you know they're home," said Connie Fox, 25, of Foley, Minn.
To help her husband, Sgt. Jared Fox, cope with the delay, she plans to send him a DVD of their 20-month-old daughter, Anna, giggling, throwing tantrums, doing her trademark twirling dance, and repeating her favorite word: "No!"