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Hundreds of Fort Bragg Soldiers Head to Kosovo

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FORT BRAGG — Hundreds ofFort Braggsoldiers are on their way to Kosovo to protect a tense sector of the war-torn country. About 750 members of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment said goodbye to their families Thursday morning and left on their mission.

Many military families are used to saying goodbye, but that does not mean it ever gets easy, especially when loved ones will not be home for the holidays.

This time it is peace, not war, that is taking them away. To Elizabeth DeChampion, the nature of the mission does not make that much of a difference.

"I have three little girls that have spent two years away from their daddy," she says. "It's another six months."

The soldiers will help distribute supplies and maintain law and order in Kosovo.

The U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg is also investigating the death of two of its soldiers.

Dive teams recovered both bodies earlier this week in a river in Savannah, Ga. The Green Berets had been participating in a training exercise when they were reported missing.

Army officials identified one of the soldiers as 23-year-old Sgt. Eric Ellingson. The name of the other soldier has not yet been released.

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