NC soldiers return home from sudden Middle East deployment

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. -- Nearly two months after a U.S. Army rapid-response force was activated amid tensions with Iran, deploying 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East, some are returning home.

By the end of the weekend, nearly 800 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s Immediate Response Force have returned to Fort Bragg.

On Thursday morning, eager family members waited in the base’s iconic Green Ramp to greet their loved ones.

Roughly 2,000 members of the 1st Brigade Combat Team are still deployed to the region for “any missions deemed necessary.”

It’s not clear when the remainder will return.

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