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Three hundred of the 3,500-plus soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, returned Saturday from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan. They were welcomed home at 4:30 a.m. by friends, family and fellow servicemembers during a ceremony at Fort Knox’s Natcher Physical Fitness Center.
As part of Task Force Duke, 3/1 soldiers were deployed to the Khowst and Paktya provinces. In addition to military operations, the brigade provided education and mentorship to Afghan National Security Forces and opened never before established communication channels between the Afghan government and its people, an Army spokesman said.
During its deployment, the brigade performed than 14,000 combat patrols with the Afghan National Security Forces and about 4,500 unilateral patrols. Approximately 1,600 insurgents were captured, 280 of whom were identified as leaders in the insurgency.