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Biden to greet returning troops at Bragg

Posted April 6, 2009

— Vice President Joe Biden and his wife plan to visit Fort Bragg Wednesday to welcome the XVIII Airborne Corps on its return from Iraq.

The XVIII Airborne Corps assumed command of Multi-National Corps-Iraq on Feb. 14, 2008. As the operational headquarters for more than 158,000 ground troops assigned to three Army Divisions, one Marine Expeditionary Force, three Coalition Divisions and several separate brigades, the corps’ mission was to defeat extremist groups, provide security for the Iraqi people and to develop the Iraqi Security Forces and the Iraqi Government’s capacity.

The corps, which has been deployed to Iraq twice since 2006, completed its mission on Saturday, relinquishing command of Multi-National Corps-Iraq to I Corps of Fort Lewis, Wash.

About 900 soldiers have returned to Fort Bragg over the past two weeks, and XVIII Airborne Corps commander Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin returned on Sunday.

Biden's visit will be his second trip to North Carolina in a week. Last Wednesday, he stopped in Duplin and Wayne counties to demonstrate how the federal economic stimulus program is benefiting rural communities.


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  • shep8851 Apr 6, 2009

    Oh whoooooppppeee---be still, my pace maker controlled heart...

  • dogman1973 Apr 6, 2009

    Xerox The Gaffe Machine Biden will like say "I am sooo proud to stand infront of all you Marines and Sailors."

  • MadBiker Apr 6, 2009

    I wonder if he will plagiarize a good welcome-home speech?

  • HockeyRules Apr 6, 2009

    LOL...love the talking points from the wingnuts.

    Much better to have Dick Deferment and Guardman George standing out front.

  • Quagmire Apr 6, 2009

    I'd hate to know that I'd just spent numerous months serving my country, risking life and limb, and then finally get to come home and have this spineless man waiting to greet me.

    God Bless our troops!

    Would you prefer AWOL Bush or 5 Deferment Cheney.

  • Quagmire Apr 6, 2009

    And how they tried their best to make sure our country lost?

    That sounds like how the Republicans are acting now with Afghanistan.

  • Quagmire Apr 6, 2009

    Will he mention anything about how his party and he declared that we had lost the War when Bush was the CIC? And how they tried their best to make sure our country lost?

    Get a clue.

  • Quagmire Apr 6, 2009

    Wow the bots are in an uproar this morning, must be some new talkingpoints out. How anyone can denigrate Biden after 8 years of the Bush/Cheney draftdodging duo is insane.

  • scottofraleigh Apr 6, 2009

    Heck he has nothing else to do - so why not!

  • wildervb Apr 6, 2009

    I see the usual clueless bashers are back again. I'll bet none of you are even aware that Biden was calling for more troops in Iraq two years before Bush realized it was neccesary. Nor are any of you koolaid drinkers aware that Biden's son is now serving in Iraq. Bash all you want, call Biden a coward, one things for sure, he's half the coward that Cheney was, who got 5 deferments when he was called to server in Vietnam, as he put it, he had other priorities.