Welcome Home! More than 200 Soldiers return to Fort Drum after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan
FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- After spending more than 24 hours in the air, crossing nine time zones and having their arrival date change 13 times, more than 200 Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), returned to Fort Drum in the past week after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. Nine months in Afghanistan is a challenge to any unit, and 3rd BCT has deployed to Afghanistan four times since 2001, said Sgt. 1st Class Katherine A. Smith, one of the noncommissioned officers who aided Soldiers in the reintegration process. Before reintegrating, before a welcome home ceremony, Capt. Jordan B. Hinkle, an assistant to the intelligence officer of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd BCT, turned in his weapons for the first time in nine months. "It feels like a pressure has been lifted off of my chest," Hinkle said. "I am...