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Three hundred and two of the 3,500 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division soldiers returned Friday from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan and were welcomed home by friends, family and fellow servicemembers during a ceremony at Natcher Physical Fitness Center.
One of the brigade’s six battalions — the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment – uncased its flag during the ceremony, signifying the return of the unit’s command group.
As part of Task Force Duke, 3/1 soldiers helped bring security and stability to the Khowst and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan. In addition to military operations, the brigade provided education and mentorship to the Afghan National Security Forces and opened never before established communication channels between the Afghan government and its residents.
Overall brigade accomplishments include: more than 14,000 combat patrols with the Afghan National Security Forces; about 4,500 unilateral patrols and about 1,600 insurgents captured, 280 of which were identified as insurgent leadership.