FORT BRAGG, N.C. (WNCN) – Paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division Headquarters at Fort Bragg returned home Tuesday morning to a special homecoming ceremony.
The paratroopers returned home around 2:30 a.m. from a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq. The group deployed in June 2015.
“Proud of our soldiers and glad that they can serve but we’re glad that they can come home,” said parent Anne Jogerst.
More than 160 paratroopers were reunited with family members at Green Ramp on Pope Army Airfield. Some of reunited with young children.
“She was five months when I left and she’s a year now, so it’s good to see her,” said SPC. Darien Laufer.
But for others, Tuesday’s homecoming was bittersweet.
“I have to go back to Illinois here in five days and I won’t get to see them for another two months,” said staff Sgt. Morelock.