Tuesday, November 20, 2007

More Fort Rich troops due home for holiday

Homecoming ceremony for the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center at Fort Richardson Nov. 19, 2007.
(Published: November 20, 2007 Anchorage Daily News)

Eight hundred more soldiers -- nearly a quarter of the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team -- will return to Anchorage in the next two days, just in time for Thanksgiving.

The troops will arrive at Elmendorf Air Force Base aboard two morning flights on Wednesday and a third morning flight on Thursday, a spokesman at Fort Richardson said.

Their return will bring to 2,200 the number of 4th Brigade paratroopers who've returned to Fort Richardson this month after a 15-month deployment in Iraq.

The remainder of the brigade - about 1,300 more soldiers - are expected to return between Friday and mid-December.

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