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DATE: May 6, 2011 8:27:18 AM CDT

Update: Soldiers from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, return home from Afghanistan

Correction: Only the first 80 soldiers are to be home within two weeks. The majority of the brigade is returning in waves through July.

FORT HOOD, Texas--The first Soldiers from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, will reunite with family and friends during a ceremony currently scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 9 here.

The remainder of the brigade will come home in the next several months, bringing to a close a chapter of the war on terror as part of President Barack Obama's Presidential Surge of 30,000 troops starting in 2010 and ending this summer.

The brigade saw combat across four regional commands and 20 separate locations, ranging more than 120,000 square miles, the largest geographical area of any combat aviation brigade in theater.

4th CAB missions in support of International Security Assistance Force conventional and Special Operations Forces totaled more than 55,000 flight hours, resulting in the deaths of nearly 1,000 enemy personnel, nearly 30 percent of all enemy killed throughout Afghanistan during the Presidential Surge.

MEDEVAC helicopters with the 4th CAB saved more than 700 lives, including U.S., ISA Forces, Afghan National Army, Afghan National Security Forces and Afghan civilians.

For their efforts, brigade Soldiers were decorated with 7 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 54 Air Medals for Valor, 25 Army Commendation Medals for Valor, 125 Combat Action Badges and 4 Combat Medical Badges.

Replacing 4th CAB is the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood.


Media interested in covering this event should register at the Fort Hood

Press Center at

The gate time for this event is 10 a.m. Media should meet public affairs

representatives at the Fort Hood Visitor Center south side parking lot.


Note: Dates and times are subject to change.

For more information contact:
Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
Media Relations
(254) 287-9993
fax: (254) 288-2750
Media Relations Office
Fort Hood, TX 76522
[email protected]