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Bragg troops make final preps before Afghanistan deployment

Posted October 3, 2011

— After a 25-hour trip, members of Fort Bragg's 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade arrived in Kyrgyzstan Monday to make their final preparations before traveling to nearby Afghanistan for a one-year deployment.

The three-day stop at the training center at Manas Air Base, near the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek, will be the troops' last stop before heading to Bagram Air Base, near Kabul, Afghanistan.

"My head is on a swivel, and I'm ready for the training to get me prepared for my final destination," Sgt. Lindsey Carr said. "I'm ready for whatever (happens) ... I'm just motivated."

Kyrgyzstan comes before Afghanistan 82nd CAB troops focused on mission in Afghanistan

Pfc. Chris Snyder said the impact of the deployment into Afghanistan's turbulent atmosphere set in Saturday as he said goodbye to his family at Fort Bragg.

"It was when I was leaving my family at the hangar," Snyder said. "It kind of hit me then."

Yet, he and others said they are looking forward instead of back so they can focus on their training and mission, which they have been preparing for for the past year.

"To a certain extent, you're kind of relieved that you've made it this far," Capt. Melissa Shelton said. "But you're also ready to get to your final destination and do your mission – do what you're here to do."


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  • panteraachickk1111 Oct 4, 2011

    We're fighting them there, so we don't have to fight them here. Did you forget 9/11? I will never forget and I dont want something like that to happen again. I would hate to think that we are sending our love onces to fight a war with no reason. I support you 82nd CAB and keep up the hard work!!

  • bella Oct 3, 2011

    RB...it's not over yet. My husband is going there next year!

  • Nunya123 Oct 3, 2011

    frankbad15 - iCausualties.org has them listed.

  • frankbad15 Oct 3, 2011


    Where did you get your numbers from?

  • Nunya123 Oct 3, 2011

    Worland - are you talking about the Surge that was requested by the Republicans in 2008 (for 20k troops), put on hold by Obama until further review was complete in 2009(caused quite an outcry by the conservative war mongers as I recall), and then sent more troops (40K) than originally requested on an accelerated time table to ensure success? Guess I'm missing your point. It is fine when the repubs request 20k originally but completely unacceptable when they send 40k during the same time frame requested to make sure the job gets done right? How many would have been killed had they not had enough to do the job. As a professed republican, you should love this. More troops mean more government contract jobs for Haliburtan and the rest of the war machine.

  • ElvisPresleyJr Oct 3, 2011

    I really hate to see our men and women going over there. Perhaps some of my thoughts behind that is because I'm really not sure why we are even there now. I have an idea....why don't we bring ALL of them home starting tomorrow morning. Fuel up the C-130's and let's start moving them from ALL of the middle east and back into the greatest country of all....The United States of America.... God bless our troops and God Bless the USA!!!

  • u stand corrected Oct 3, 2011

    Carry on troops. Praying for your safety. America loves you and appreciates your sacrifice.

  • MudLife Oct 3, 2011

    i thought all troops had to be sent home and out of Afghanistan and Iraq by Christmas?

  • Worland Oct 3, 2011

    Good luck!

    Number of US troops killed in the first 8 years of war: 630. Number of US troops killed in Obama's surge: 1170.

  • map1agmachining Oct 3, 2011

    God bless these troops & all troops that serve us.