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Troops return home after deployment to move gear out of Iraq

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Family members and U.S. soldiers embrace following a welcome home ceremony for troops returning from Iraq on Nov. 10, in Fort Carson, Colo. More than 100 soldiers from the 549th Quartermaster Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade returned after a seven-month deployment. They played a key role in removing excess equipment from Iraq as other troops withdrew from the region.

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U.S. Army Pvt. Sulala Thompson cheers as fellow soldiers arrive for a welcome home ceremony for troops returning from Iraq.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reports:

The Iraq war’s cleanup crew came home to Fort Carson on Thursday, leaving behind former American bases that soldiers described as “ghost towns.” ...

The soldiers cooked countless meals, did 101,000 loads of laundry for the dwindling number of American troops left in Iraq, and packed up 1,200 shipping containers of Army gear to send home.

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