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For first time in years, the complete 82nd Airborne will be home in September

FAYETTEVILLE -- The city that prides itself on taking care of its military brothers and sisters is having a bit of a family reunion, with the entire 82nd Airborne Division expected home by early September.

The 82nd - 22,000 soldiers strong - is one of the Army's workhorses in the war against terrorism, and its units have been repeatedly deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Their return to Bragg as U.S. combat operations come to an end in Iraq marks only the second time the whole division has been at the base since 2003.

"It's nice to have everybody back, but at the same time, it's hectic," said Sgt. Trevor Mitchell, a forward observer for the 82nd who got back from Afghanistan in June. "This town fills up quick. It's not that big a place for all those people."

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