More than 300 troops from the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division made a tearful homecoming to Ft. Campbell on Friday morning. The advance team is made up of personnel trained to lay the groundwork and prepare the details for the return of the full division in February.
Hundreds of family members braved 30-degree temperatures and a bitterly cold wind to greet the two planeloads of soldiers who returned to Ft. Campbell's Airfield.
The 101st has been deployed, mostly in Northern Iraq, since February 2003. Soldiers in the midst of hugs, kisses, and tearful reunions said their 11-month mission was difficult, but worthwhile.
The soldiers said email, phone calls, and letters were the key to keeping the lines of communication open, and keeping up with their families.