More Duke Soldiers return after nine months in Afghanistan

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Fort Knox Public Affairs Office
Seventy three 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division Soldiers 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 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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. Various units of the 3rd IBCT were spread throughout all corners of Afghanistan assisting Afghan security forces, government, and police forces in their transition to independent security and governance.
The unit will continue to send Soldiers home in small groups through May 2014 with the majority of the brigade returning before March 2014.
Most of the Soldiers returning home to their Families were from the 6th Squadron, 4th Cav-alry Regiment which operated in RC-N.
To see more photos of the ceremony, visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/31dutyfirst/sets/72157639519603594/.