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TWC News: Families greet Bragg soldiers returning from Afghanistan
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FORT BRAGG -- 82nd Airborne paratroopers returning home from Afghanistan were greeted by friends and family on the green ramp Sunday afternoon.

The soldiers from the 1st battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Battalion deployed to Afghanistan shortly after returning from the humanitarian mission in Haiti.

"As soon as they came home, like within two month, they went to Afghanistan. It was not planned so it was really hard," said Army wife Lesley Clark.

After a quick ceremony, the soldiers were released to their families. Battalion commander Lt. Col. Charles Masaracchia says the reunion was hard earned.

While in Afghanistan the soldiers trained the Afghan National Security Forces.

"After being over there, it's the exit strategy. Until we can get them prepared and capable of training their own forces, we are going to be required to continue to go back and train their forces for them," Masaracchia said.

The soldiers will shortly reassume the Global Response Mission, which requires them to be prepared to deploy anywhere in the world at a moment's notice.

This deployment was the ninth deployment for a 2nd Brigade combat team unit since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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