President Bush Thanks Troops Returning From War Zones

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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President George W. Bush has been visiting Kentucky's Fort Campbell Tuesday, thanking returning troops for their service and encouraging thousands of soldiers getting ready to deploy overseas.

He praised troops recently back from Iraq who he says "performed with courage and distinction on the front lines of the war on terror." He says the day that troops can return from Iraq is approaching, and then, in his words, "they will come home in victory."

Since the beginning of the month, more than 10,000 soldiers have returned to Fort Campbell -- including 9,000 coming back from Iraq.

Other troops from the base, however, are getting ready to deploy. During the next couple of weeks, the White House says 3,000 soldiers from the 101st Airborne are heading to Afghanistan and 450 are being sent to Iraq. In January, another 1,200 will be deployed to Iraq.

On a lighter note, Bush recalled visiting Fort Campbell -- home to the 101st Airborne Division's Air Assault -- just before Thanksgiving 2001. He remembers that "watching a bunch of Screaming Eagles tear into turkey is quite a sight."

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