Friday, October 19, 2007

First Wave of Paratroopers Back Home

"First wave of 82nd paratroopers back home this morning

By Henry Cuningham Military editor

Wives, parents and children cheered, whistled and applauded at 7:20 a.m. as an airplane carrying the first large group of 82nd Airborne Division paratroopers home from Iraq touched down at Pope Air Force Base. The 267 paratroopers mostly belonged to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team’s support and special troops battalions. The paratroopers spent the past 15 months in Salah ad Din Province north of Baghdad. “Today is the start of the flow of over 15,000 paratroopers to Fort Bragg,” said Lt. Col. Rob Campbell, the brigade executive officer. Some of the families waited for two hours at Pope this morning. They had driven from as far away as Florida and Michigan to welcome the soldiers home." - Current Article Page:

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