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First Brigade, 3rd Infantry returns home after year-long deployment in Iraq

Welcome home.

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In this Nov. 30, 2010 photo, members of 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga., sit in the belly of a C-17 aircraft at Sather Air Base in Baghdad as they begin their journey home after a year in Iraq. More than seven years after 1st Brigade entered Baghdad as the first conventional U.S. forces in Iraq, its soldiers are coming home from a yearlong deployment that saw the end of combat operations.

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A U.S. Army soldier from 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division kisses his his wife after an 18-hour journey from Iraq at Fort Stewart, Ga., Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. More than seven years after 1st Brigade entered Baghdad as the first conventional U.S. forces in Iraq, its soldiers are coming home from a yearlong deployment that saw the end of combat operations.

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In this Nov. 30, 2010 photo, U.S. Army soldiers play cards as they wait at the passenger terminal at Sather Air Base with members of 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga., as they begin their journey home after a year in Baghdad, Iraq.

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In this Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, photo, U.S. Army Spc. Adam Dearman, left, from Athens, Ga., and Spc. Michael Walther, right, from Ft. Worth, Texas, right, with 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division catch a nap at al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq before their 18-hour journey home after a year in Baghdad, Iraq.

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In this Dec. 3, 2010, photo, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Sean Willis, 35, from Denver, N.C. stands with fellow soldiers from 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at al-Asad Air Base in western Iraq as the unit gathers before beginning their 18-hour journey home after a year in Iraq.

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In this Nov. 29, 2010, photo, a U.S. Army soldier from 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga., stands atop a Humvee at Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq, before his last mission before leaving Iraq.

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In this Nov. 30, 2010 photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Lucy Lyker, from Pittsburgh, Pa., plucks her eyebrows during downtime in a tent at Camp Liberty in the days before 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division heads home from Baghdad, Iraq.