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Units return to Fort Bragg

Posted June 6, 2009 4:58 p.m. EDT

— Nearly 100 soldiers from the 528th Medical Detachment and the 602nd Area Support Medical Company returned to Fort Bragg on Saturday.

The 528th Medical Detachment provided combat operational stress control and behavioral health care to more than 60,000 soldiers, sailors and Marines in northern Iraq over the past 15 months.

As part of its mission in behavioral health, the unit used Animal Assisted Therapy with two black Labradors, named Sgt. 1st Class Budge and Sgt. 1st Class Boe.

Budge and Boe were trained and donated to the Army by America's VetDogs, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs to disabled veterans and the military. These dogs served as an icebreaker and a communication link between soldiers and care providers.

Thirty soldiers from the 528th Medical Detachment returned on Saturday.

The 602nd ASMC provided health care and support to the troops in Afghanistan. For the past 15 months, the 602nd ASMC provided health care, evacuation and medical support to combat logistics patrols and support to Medical Civic Action Programs.

The soldiers were stationed throughout Afghanistan.

A total of 64 soldiers from the 602nd ASMC returned to Fort Bragg on Saturday.

Soldiers from the 609th Movement Control Team and Marines from the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade also returned on Saturday.