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350 soldiers return; more to arrive Thursday

By The Mercury

Some 350 soldiers have returned home from Afghanistan, reuniting with loved ones at Fort Riley’s deployment center.

About 50 of those who have already arrived this week represented the 1st Infantry Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.

The other 300 were from the division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat team. Both groups had been deployed to Regional Command East — the former for about a year and the latter for nine months.

Even more soldiers are scheduled to return to the fort on Valentine’s Day. Nearly 550 soldiers of the 4th Infantry Brigade, also called the Dragon Brigade, are expected to arrive on Thursday in two groups: the first at 1 a.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. 

Nearly 60 percent of the Dragon Brigade has returned to Fort Riley. The remaining soldiers will continue to return throughout following weeks.

Monday’s group was the first from the division headquarters to return, and more flights are expected through next month. There was no information immediately available regarding when the division’s top leadership and flag would be returning.









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