• Family members of Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) eagerly wait for their Soldiers Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center just before they returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    Family members of Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) eagerly wait for their Soldiers Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center just...

  • A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his wife and daughter Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his wife and daughter Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a...

  • A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his son Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his son Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a deployment to...

  • A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his wife and children Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his wife and children Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a...

  • A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his wife Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    A Soldier assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) embraces his wife Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after he returned from a deployment...

  • Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand in a formation, waiting to be released so they can see their family members Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after they returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand in a formation, waiting to be released so they can see their family members Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky...

  • Family members of Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) point out their Soldiers Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center when they returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. Keith Rogers, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    Family members of Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) point out their Soldiers Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center when they...

  • Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand in a formation, waiting to be released so they can see their family members Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center after they returned from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) stand in a formation, waiting to be released so they can see their family members Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky...

  • Major Gen. James C. McConville, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), greets Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as they step off from an airplane Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center, marking their return from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    Major Gen. James C. McConville, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), greets Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) as they step...

  • Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) step off from an airplane Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center, marking their return from a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility. (U.S. Army photo taken by Sgt. David Hodge, 101st Airborne Division)

    Rakkasans return home early

    Soldiers assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) step off from an airplane Feb. 1 at the Fort Campbell, Ky. Passenger Processing Center, marking their return from a...

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Approximately 100 Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) were recognized at a Welcome Home Ceremony here Feb. 1 when they returned from a deployment in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Originally scheduled for a nine month deployment, the company returned after only five months due to the progress made by Afghan National Security Forces in their area of responsibility.

"We are very proud of what you accomplished and how well you represented this division," said Maj. Gen. James C. McConville, Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). "I know your families are very happy that you came home early and I'm very thankful for the families' unwavering support during this deployment."

As combat outposts and forward operating bases close or transfer to Afghan control, the Rakkasan unit that operated from that location will return to Fort Campbell, although some personnel will remain if they are reassigned to other missions.

This slight reduction of 3rd BCT personnel overseas will allow for a smoother transition for the 4th Brigade Combat Team "Currahee" Soldiers when they deploy and relieve the Rakkasans this Spring.

McConville made it clear that the majority of deployed Soldiers will remain in Afghanistan for full-length rotations.

"I do need to caution all that there still is much work left to be done in Afghanistan," he said. "The war is not over and we should not expect all soldiers to return home early. This will be the exception rather than the rule. In closing, Rakkasans, you did a fabulous job -- you were a tight, cohesive unit during this deployment."

Although these Soldiers have returned from Afghanistan, there is always another mission to accomplish for the highly trained, disciplined and fit Rakkasans.

"Your next mission is reintegration -- taking care of each other as you come back to your families and you get ready for your next rendezvous with destiny," said McConville. "Again, you did a super job, we're very proud of you. You represented this division extremely well and lived up to the legacy of those who have gone before you."

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