By SGT. THOMAS DUVAL
3-1 Public Affairs
Two hundred eighty five Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division returned from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and were welcomed home during a ceremony at Natcher Physical Fitness Center at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 15.
This was the third main body flight to return home for the 3rd IBCT.
The unit has been operating in the roughly 7,000-square-mile Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, which is an area larger than the state of Connecticut. Soldiers assisted Afghan security forces, government, and police forces in their transition to independent security and governance.
The unit will continue to send Soldiers home through May 2014 with the majority of the brigade returning before March 2014.
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