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Deployment Nothing New To Fort Bragg Veteran

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A day after thousands of soldiers left Fort Bragg for Iraq, hundreds received awards Thursday for their service in Afghanistan. For many of the soldiers, it was their first tour of duty overseas, but for a 56-year-old soldier, the deployment was old hat.

With the national anthem playing and Apache helicopters in the background, members of the 229th Aviation Regiment stood tall and received medals for their service in Afghanistan.

Bob Giebner said he enlisted 30 years ago and served in Vietnam -- a time before most of the other soldiers were born. He admits he may have to take a grandfather-like approach with the others, but he said he fits right in.

"You're part of the crowd. You're doing the job. You're doing what you're supposed to do," he said.

Giebner also fits in with soldiers who are newlyweds.

"We just got married, so it was hard to let him go," said Kathy Giebner, Bob's wife.

The soldiers have been home for one week, but they could be asked to deploy again soon. Officials say more than 17,000 soldiers from Fort Bragg are still in Afghanistan.


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