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The first flight full of Wings of Destiny Soldiers returned home on Friday

 

Wings of DestinyFort Campbell, KY – On a rainy Friday afternoon, the first full up flight consisting entirely of Wings of Destiny soldiers returned to Fort Campbell.  The plane carried 235 sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers home to their loved ones. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was arriving late to the flight and so had a rare opportunity to see the beautiful sight of the airplane coming in over Fort Campbell BLVD heading for Fort Campbell Army Airfield. I arrived just in time to watch the soldiers disembarking from the plane heading to the hanger. Due to the rain I was unable to get my usual outdoor shots.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

Soldiers of the 101st CAB (Wings of Destiny) patiently wait for the ceremony to be over so they can spend time with their families

Soldiers of the 101st CAB (Wings of Destiny) patiently wait for the ceremony to be over so they can spend time with their families

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Arrival of 128 Soldiers marked the last large group of 3rd Brigade Combat Team to return home

 

Fort Campbell, KY – On Thursday February 17th 2011, The last large group of Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned home.  The final flight marking the completion of the return of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team occurred the following day. It’s been a long hard run during the 3rd Brigades return to Fort Campbell, KY from Afghanistan. The unit had a rough year which made their homecoming especially bitter sweet. Some of those who deployed with the brigade returned home with life changing injuries, while others lost their lives in the service of their country. With the return of the brigade now complete, this is the proper time to remember them and their families in your thoughts and prayers. Now Back to the flight on Thursday.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

The last large flight carrying the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team home.

The last large flight carrying the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team home.

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Rakkasan and Wings of Destiny family members welcomed their soldiers home on Tuesday

 

101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – In the largest flight to return from Afghanistan yet, 342 Soldiers from two different 101st Division units returned home on Tuesday from Afghanistan. The flight was comprised of 136 members of the 3rd Brigade combat Team (Rakkasans), and 206 members of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Wings of Destiny). The flight marked a significant milestone in the return of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team with the return of the unit colors of the 3-187 Infantry Regiment  “Iron Rakkasans”.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

342 Screaming Eagles who just arrived home

342 Screaming Eagles who just arrived home

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Fort Campbell holds Valentines Day Welcome Home Ceremony

 

Fort Campbell, KY – The return of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team from the Khowst Province of Afghanistan continued Monday morning with the arrival of 270 soldiers from the 626th Brigade Support Battalion “Assurgam Rakkasans”. The flight was returning home on a very special day for couples, Valentines Day!

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

Soldiers of the of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, each a yellow rose for their families from the Navy Federal Credit Union.

Soldiers of the of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, each a yellow rose for their families from the Navy Federal Credit Union.

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Joyful reunions greeted men of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team on Wednesday

 

Fort Campbell, KY – In a flight that arrived on a cold Wednesday morning, 145 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned home. They had been on deployment to the Khowst Province of Afghanistan for the last year.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

SSG Jennings welcoming home members of his unit returning from deployment in Afghanistan

SSG Jennings welcoming home members of his unit returning from deployment in Afghanistan

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Vice President Biden was a surprise guest at 3rd Brigade Combat Team Welcome Home Ceremony

 

Fort Campbell, KY – In a flight that arrived at Sunset Friday Afternoon, 150 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned home. They had been on deployment to the Khowst Province of Afghanistan for the last year.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

Vice President Joe Biden greets Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as the troops return from a year long deployment to Afghanistan. The Soldiers landed at Campbell Army Air Field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky February 11th, 2011. (Official Army photo/Jerry Woller)

Vice President Joe Biden greets Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as the troops return from a year long deployment to Afghanistan. The Soldiers landed at Campbell Army Air Field, Fort Campbell, Kentucky February 11th, 2011. (Official Army photo/Jerry Woller)

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Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team received a snowy Welcome Home, Monday

 

Fort Campbell, KY – In a flight that arrived on a snowy Monday afternoon 189 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned home. They had been on deployment to the Khowst Province of Afghanistan for the last year.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

The returning soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team form up in the snow for their grand entry during the Welcome Home Ceremony.

The returning soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team form up in the snow for their grand entry during the Welcome Home Ceremony.

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187 Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned home on Super Bowl Sunday

 

Fort Campbell, KY – In a flight arriving on Super Bowl Sunday, 189 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team returned home. They had been on deployment to the Khowst Province of Afghanistan for the last year.

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

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Rakkasan and Wings of Destiny family members welcome their soldiers home

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – In a flight that arrived at 5:45pm yesterday, 146 Soldiers from two different 101st Division units returned home from Afghanistan. The flight was comprised of 109 members of the 3rd Brigade combat Team (Rakkasans), and 37 members of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade (Wings of Destiny).

Family and friends of the returning soldiers had gathered together to give their loved ones a proper welcome home.

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Members of the 717 EOD return to Fort Campbell

 

Soldiers greeted with an intimate late evening ceremony.

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division44 members of the 717 EOD Unit part of the 52nd Ordnance Group based at Fort Campbell Kentucky returned home late Sunday evening from a deployment to Afghanistan.

The soldiers were brought to the hanger on a bus after arriving via a military transport plane. As they disembarked the soldiers were personally greeted by Maj. Gen. Frank Wiercinski and his wife. The soldiers then assembled outside the hanger before marching inside for the Welcome Home Ceremony.

A soldier looks for his family as he waits for his turn to get off the bus.

A soldier looks for his family as he waits for his turn to get off the bus.

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