280 Paratroopers Make Emotional Return To Fort Bragg

Nov 10, 2014

Ft. Bragg welcomed nearly 300 paratroopers home this weekend.
Credit Fort Bragg

Family members and officials at Fort Bragg welcomed nearly 300 paratroopers home from Afghanistan yesterday. 

Operations are winding down in that country, and yesterday's event was just one in a series of reunions over the past few weeks. 

Sgt. First Class Joseph Armas is based at Fort Bragg and helped organize the event.  He says yesterday’s ceremony came at the end of an eight month deployment.

“It’s a long flight.  It can take anywhere from three-to-four days to make if back from Afghanistan back here to Fort Bragg, but just speaking for myself, I mean, it’s very emotional.  So it’s a lot of tears, a lot of hugs, a lot of kisses.”

Armas says the paratroopers spent their tour working alongside Afghan soldiers providing training and other assistance.