Vice president welcomes home 101st Soldiers
Vice President Joe Biden welcomes home members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, who returned from Afghanistan, at Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (Army News Service, Feb. 14, 2011) -- Vice President Joe Biden visited high school football players from the Department of Defense school on Fort Campbell, Ky., Feb. 11, then stayed on to welcome home their parents from Afghanistan.

An aircraft full of Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, landed on the flight line at the installation. The vice president was there to welcome those warriors home from Afghanistan.

"I just want you to know on behalf of a grateful United States, on behalf of a grateful nation, we thank every one of you for the sacrifice that you make every single day," Biden told Soldiers gathered in a hanger near the runway.

The vice president also told the Soldiers that America has a duty to take care of them, as they defend the nation.

"There is only one sacred duty the country has -- we have a lot of responsibility, but there is only one sacred duty," Biden said. "That is to equip those we send to war and care for those who come home. Welcome home."

The vice president also met with families of the returning Soldiers to thank them for their sacrifice. Earlier, he visited with members of the Fort Campbell Falcons high school football team.

The Falcons won the Kentucky state championships in their class three years running, 2007-2009. The Falcons' student-athletes all have family members serving in the military, and many of them are deployed overseas.

Biden, a football fan, congratulated the players and coaches on their success in the face of adversity -- many of the player's parents are on deployment -- and commended them for their perseverance and teamwork.

"Man I tell you what -- you guys are impressive," the vice president said to the football team. "You guys are known from here to Baghdad."

The vice president told the players that they too sacrifice for the nation, because they miss out on having their parents there, when they are serving overseas.

"We owe you. We owe you big," Biden said.

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