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Hundreds Of Soldiers Return To Fort Campbell

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by Janet Kim

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - They spent seven months deployed in Afghanistan, but 240 soldiers returned home Wednesday to their base in Fort Campbell.

The soldiers who returned home weren't supposed to be back for another two months, but officials said Afghan Security Forces were able to take over the area they were stationed in Eastern Afghanistan.

It was a wait these military families knew all too well.

"I didn't want him to walk to the bus himself," said Robert Fay, Sr.

Perhaps Fay understood it best, since it wasn't too long ago that he himself was one of the soldiers walking off the plane longing to see his family, and knowing that in an instant they' would soon be together.

This time it was his son Robert Fay, Jr. who is one of the soldiers coming home after a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan.

They don't just share a name, but a unit. They are three generations of Rakkasans, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team with the 101st Airborne Division.

"About 23 years ago, I was in a hangar just like this one, watching my dad get off the plane," said Fay, Jr.

"This is a day I will probably never forget," said Fay, Jr.

It's still unclear when the next round of soldiers will return, but it could be as soon as mid-April that there will be another welcome home ceremony.

The recent group represents the third time in recent months in which Soldiers of Rakkasans have returned home early from deployment.



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