- Associated Press - Monday, November 10, 2014

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - It was a very good weekend for nearly 300 soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg.

About 280 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division returned to Fort Bragg on Sunday, The Fayetteville Observer (https://bit.ly/1svm7tZ ) reported.

The soldiers had been in Afghanistan for nine months as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The soldiers arrived at Pope Field and marched to a building where family members and friends waited.

Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke told the soldiers and their families and friends that the troops made a difference for the Afghan people and their government.



Spc. Morgan Christopher was one of those happy to be home, greeting his parents and sister.

“Just being with my family,” Christopher said, explaining his plans.

James McGlynn, a Vietnam veteran, sat with family members awaiting his son, Sgt. Jimmy McGlynn, one of three of his children who serve in the Army.

“I haven’t seen him in a almost a year,” McGlynn said. “I just want to give him a hug and know that he’s home safe, back on U.S. soil.”

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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