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Bragg soldier home from Afghanistan for wife's graduation

Posted May 10, 2012 10:30 p.m. EDT
Updated May 11, 2012 5:24 a.m. EDT

— A Fort Bragg soldier who deployed to Afghanistan this fall is home this week to honor the other hero in his family – his wife.

On top of juggling three children, Jennie Campbell managed to graduate with honors from Fayetteville State University last Saturday.

Having her husband, Chief Warrant Officer Kyle Campbell, back in North Carolina to celebrate the educational milestone was "wonderful," she said Thursday. 

"I was beyond proud to see her walk across that stage and finally get that degree," Kyle Campbell said. "That she has accomplished that and that she was done, I know she was relieved as well."

Kyle Campbell will also be sticking around for Mother's Day on Sunday. But for his children – 12-year-old Wrenn, 9-year-old Xavier and 3-year-old Madelia – this weekend will be all about Dad.

"It's pretty fun having him home because we can play catch and play games together," Xavier said.

Kyle Campbell, who returns to Afghanistan May 17 to continue his one-year deployment, said having his whole family together is a blessing.

"You don't really realize it until you're away from them, and then you come back and you see them seven months later," he said. "They've grown a couple inches taller and they've gotten more personality, as you can see. So, it's great."

Kyle Campbell is among more than 2,000 deployed troops in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade at Fort Bragg. The first wave of soldiers from his deployment will be returning home later this summer.

This is Campbell's third tour of duty in five years.