Tuesday, November 13, 2007

More Airborne troops return to Anchorage from Middle East

By Anchorage Daily News staff
Published: November 12, 2007

More than 120 paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) landed in Anchorage around 1 a.m. today after a flight from Kuwait.

The returning soldiers' flight was termed "wheels up" out of Kuwait by mid-afternoon Monday, but its exact arrival time at Elmendorf Air Force Base had been undetermined.

The returning troops belong to the Third Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment and served widely in Iraq, Hoffmeister said, including with U.S. Marines in Anbar province, and in Iskanderiyeh, among other areas.

This is the third arrival in a rolling return of 3,500 members of the 4th brigade. Flights are expected to continue into early December.

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