Troops to return home from Haiti

Members of Fort Bragg's 4th Psychological Operations Group's 3rd and 9th Battalions load up to leave from Pope AFB for the trip to Haiti (Fred Heggs photo)
February 24, 2010 8:42:26 PM PST
Hundreds of Fort Bragg soldiers who have been in the earthquake ravaged region of Haiti will start returning home Thursday.The soldiers were deployed following a 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12.

Officials tell ABC11 Eyewitness News that troops will come home in waves over the next four days.

82nd Airborne Spokesperson Maj. Brian Fickle says soldiers will return around noon Thursday, but he does not know how many will be on each flight.

The first troops due back were the first to deploy last month.

Members of the 173rd Cavalry Regiment left Green Ramp just two days after the devastating earthquake struck. More than 3,000 2nd Brigade Combat Team troops soon followed.

The 82nd Airborne Division played a key role in the early stages of relief.

The soldiers distributed more than 45,000 meals, 250,000 liters of water and delivered more than 10,000 shelter kits, while 82nd medics treated more than 7,000 patients.

The paratroopers also supported security operations for the Hotel Montana, Port-au-Prince airport, the seaport and embassy.

Officials say troop reductions will continue as UN forces, international partners and the Government of Haiti assume responsibility for military-supported tasks.

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