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Baghdad Bad Boys reunite for N.C. concert

Posted June 6, 2009 10:33 a.m. EDT

— Nine Fort Bragg-based soldiers who formed a musical group while deployed to Iraq are reuniting for a concert Saturday at a West End church.

The soldiers in the "Baghdad Bad Boys" are members of the 18th Airborne Corps. They formed the country, bluegrass and Gospel group while stationed at Camp Victory, outside Baghdad, last year.

"The music served as a means to entertain themselves and others, relieve stress and to re-connect with the homeland," Maj. Kristian Edward Sorensen, a spokeswoman with the 18th Airborne Corps, said in a release.

“The group exists to provide an outlet for the folks here who are working 12-18 hours a day and getting shot at," Lt. Col. Gregory Rawlings, a founder of the group, said on the Baghdad Bad Boy's Web site.

See more pictures of the Baghdad Bad Boys.

Members include an explosive specialist, surgical nurse, targeting specialist, chaplain, psychiatrist and engineers, according to the Web site. While in Iraq, they played for VIPs, including Gen. David Patreaus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker, and their concerts made it onto YouTube.

The group even participated via video for six hours in an annual jam marathon to raise money for the Fisher House, a Fayetteville organization that provides housing for the families of wounded service members receiving treatment away from home.

After returning from their deployment, they decided to reunite for another performance. Members will be coming from their across the U.S., as far away as Seattle for Saturday's concert.

The concert will take the shape of a five-hour jam session at Beulah Baptist Church, 7400 Beulah Hill Church Road in West End. It starts at noon and goes till 5 p.m.