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Raider Brigade soldiers return from Afghanistan

POSTED: June 19, 2013 5:00 a.m.
Randy C. Murray/

Josiah Wright, 5, and Isaiah Wright 3, wave flags Thursday, hoping to get the attention of their father SSgt. Keith Wright as he paraded across Cottrell Field during a welcome home ceremony for 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team soldiers.

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About 130 soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team arrived home from Afghanistan late Thursday afternoon. Many of them were coming home a few months before the end of the scheduled nine-month combat tour.

As part of a "torch" or "advon" party, troops from brigade headquarters; 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment; 3rd Brigade Support Battalion; and 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery; marched proudly across Fort Stewart’s Cottrell Field to screams, shouts and whistles from fellow soldiers, family and friends. In fact, their shouts nearly drowned out the 3rd ID Band.

"Of course, I don’t mind," smiled Janis Jamieson, when asked if she was glad her husband, Spc. Jeffrey Jamieson, was coming home earlier than expected. "I love the career he picked. I support him."

Read full story in June 19 issue of the Bryan County News.

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