More 3rd BCT Soldiers Come Home From Afghanistan

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It's the moment the 280 soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team have been waiting an entire year for - their first glimpse of their loved ones since they deployed to Afghanistan last spring.

"I'm just glad he's home," said Kristina Price, the wife of a returning soldier.

"It's a great day for the division. It's a great day for the north country and most of all it's a great day for the families of the Spartans that have been deployed in combat for a year," said Major General Mark Milley, commander of the 10th Mountain Division.

For the 3rd Brigade's deputy commanding officer, returning from deployment brought some mixed feelings.

"It's great to be home and see the family and wife and kids again," said Lieutenant Colonel Frank Andrews.  "You still feel like there's part of the mission you'd like to stay and get done and just...finish this one more thing before we leave."

In the past 12 months though, the 3rd BCT has made a lot of progress, whether clearing out insurgents or opening schools in the birthplace of the Taliban.

"All the soldiers did an exceptional job. A lot of hard work went into it. I think you can clearly see the results over there," said Andrews.

The work is not over yet.

There are still about 2,500 hundred more 3rd BCT soldiers still to come home.

The brigade will officially transfer authority to the 82nd Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team on March 16.

Every Spartan should be home by the end of the month.

Monday, September 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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