‘Demon’ Brigade marks official homecoming

By The Mercury

About 90 soldiers, among the last Big Red One troops in Afghanistan, returned home to Fort Riley on Saturday from a nine-month long deployment.

Their homecoming marked the official return of the unit, known as the Demon Brigade.

Brigade commander Col. Matthew Lewis led an uncasing ceremony, returned the unit’s colors to the fort.

While deployed, the 1st CAB conducted aerial reconnaissance and security for Kandahar Airfield, Shindand Airbase and other bases while providing combat air support for the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan forces.

The 1,400 Demon Brigade soldiers provided helicopter aviation support across an area the size of Montana.

The 1st Infantry Division first deployed troops to Afghanistan in 2008.

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