But what that means for the troops and their families was on display earlier this week in Fort Bragg, N.C., as 300 personnel from the 82nd Airborne Division -including the 1st Brigade Combat Team and the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade -returned home from their deployments in Afghanistan.
For six months, members of the combat team ? known as "the Devils in Baggy Pants" ? had been stationed in southern Ghazni Province on the infamous Highway One between Kabul and Kandahar, a Taliban stronghold that was literally riddled with IEDs. The team's job: to clear the highway and keep it safe.