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101st Alpha Company Soldiers Welcomed Home

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FORT CAMPBELL, KY.- After a brief day due to weather troops from Fort Campbell were welcomed home Friday afternoon.

A welcome home ceremony for soldiers from the 101st Alpha Company as well as others in the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rdBrigade Combat Team "Rakkasans" was held on base Friday. The ceremony was originally schedule for 3 p.m. but was delayed due to weather.

Military officials said that during Operation Enduring Freedom in Eastern Afghanistan the Alpha Company was responsible for the transition of full combat power to the Afghan National Security Forces.

Families gathered on base Friday afternoon anxious to welcome home their loved ones. Also there to welcome back the soldiers were twin brothers  who have been at nearly every soldier's homecoming ceremony here at Ft. Campbell over the past 22 years.

"I'm over 800 that I'm aware off," said Phil Harpel, one of the brothers.

They've never worn the uniform, but they serve by giving of their time. They help to make coffee, hand out popcorn and other snacks. It's their way to say thank you. 

"Just watching the reunions and it puts a tear in your eye," said Bill Harpel. "We'll keep doing…rather say until there is no need to come,"

It doesn't matter what time of day or night the soldiers come in- you're likely to see the brothers here welcoming them home. For all these years, they've juggled that scheduled with a full time job.

They said they've developed close relationships with some of the soldiers in what's become for them a second family.




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