More Fort Campbell troops return from Afghanistan


Associated Press

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 4:03 PM

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — More of the "Rakkasans" have returned to Fort Campbell from Afghanistan.

The plane carrying nearly 90 members of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division touched down at the U.S. Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border Sunday evening.

The Leaf-Chronicle ( ) reported that among the returning soldiers was environmental and science engineering officer Julie Bridges.

"It was a good deployment, but I'm so glad to be home," said.

She was surrounded by her husband, Terrell Bridges, and the couple's 7- and 13-year-old children.

Laura Ventre was waiting with her daughter, Elle, and said she couldn't wait to see her son, 1st Lt. Derrick Ventre.

"It's an answer to prayer," she said describing her son's return. "We're very proud of him."

The Ventres plan to celebrate Derrick's return with a welcome home party over the summer.

2nd Lt. David Jones and his girlfriend, Rukiya Burton, have travel plans for summer.

"We'll take a vacation or two and see family and friends,"Jones said.

The soldiers left with a final order from Gen. Mark R. Stammer.

"Now I want you to go home and take care of your families," Stammer told them.

Another 170 members of the 3rd Brigade came home April 26. The deployment lasted nine months.


Information from: The Leaf-Chronicle,