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    Military meets Obama drawdown order timeline - Army News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Army Times

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    WASHINGTON — President Obama’s order to withdraw 10,000 American troops from Afghanistan this year has been accomplished, a little more than a week before the year-end deadline, military officials said Thursday.
    The drawdown is the first step in the plan to wind down the war, transition security to Afghan forces and end the combat role for international troops by the end of 2014.
    It also gives the Obama administration a second war-related accomplishment to tout this month — coming just a week after U.S. officials marked the end of the war in Iraq and the last convoy of American soldiers rumbled out of that country into Kuwait.
    Officials say there are now 91,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan — down from the peak of 101,000 in June.
    In December 2009 Obama announced he was sending an additional 33,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan in a bid to beat back the escalating Taliban insurgency and change the course of the war. Six months ago, declaring that the “tide of war is receding,” Obama said he would withdraw 10,000 troops by the end of this year, and another 23,000 by the end of next summer.
    The decision was met with initial opposition from military leaders who thought the withdrawal was too much, too soon, particularly since it would pull troops out before the end of next year’s fighting season, which can last well into October and even November.
    Last week, however, during a trip to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta repeatedly told troops that the U.S. had reached a turning point in the war. And at one point he went so far as to say, “I really think that for all the sacrifices that you’re doing, the reality is that it is paying off and that we’re moving in the right direction. ... We’re winning this very tough conflict here in Afghanistan.”
    Contrasting that assessment is the ongoing violence in Afghanistan’s east, along the Pakistan border, and the high-profile attacks and assassinations that continue to wreak havoc in and around Kabul. The violence is compounded by worries about government corruption, the fragile economy, and fears that Afghan forces won’t be ready to take over security of the country as American and NATO troops leave.
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    I follow a lot of military blogs [Milblogging.com] and the general news is that, as soon as the last of our troops crossed into Kuwait, the Iraqi government got bogged down in intra-sect politics creating all sorts of discord.
    The Shia are getting support from Iran and Turkey is crossing into Iraq going after Kurdish "terrorists."
    The pot is boiling and it shouldn't take long to show what a horrid mistake the withdrawal was.

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    I disagree and I fought in Iraq. But then again, I fought for the man to the left and right of me (cliche but true). Plus this thread is about Afghanistan not Iraq. The American people were told that we were going into Iraq to find weapons of mass destruction. There were none. We did remove a dictator (I believe the intent all along) and provided a new born democracy that has facilitated numerous Muslim protests in neighboring countries.

    That is good but being there longer than was intended is a burden that should not be placed on more American lives and taxpayer dollars. Let them sort it out now. Not our problem now and should not have been in the first place.

    No disrespect MSG and Happy Holidays.
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    No disrespect taken, CWO

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    Another unit home early from Afghanistan. Here where I am at. Soldiers been returning back six months earlier. My FOB might be real light and empty when I arrive next month lol You new guys coming in now are getting in good. I was actived right after 9/11 for Operation Noble Eagle and been non-stop since. I never had an Army TDA assignment. Never.

    Grafenwöhr, Schweinfurt troops return from Afghanistan early - News - Stripes

    Grafenwöhr, Schweinfurt troops return from Afghanistan early

    BySteven Beardsley Stars and Stripes
    Published: January 13, 2012

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    Spc. Andrew McFarland, 23, of the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, hoists his 8-month-old son, Santos, during a homecoming celebration for the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Friday. More than 110 brigade soldiers returned to Grafenwoehr and Schweinfurt in an early redeployment from Afghanistan.
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    GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Sunrise was still hours away when Friday became an unforgettable day for dozens of military families here.
    More than 110 soldiers with the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade returned home in an early redeployment from the unit’s 12-month tour in eastern Afghanistan. They were greeted by thrilled family members and friends in simultaneous homecoming celebrations at the unit’s home posts in Grafenwöhr and Schweinfurt.
    “Oh my God, it’s still kind of surreal,” exclaimed Becky Parker, whose husband, Cpl. Michael Parker, of the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, was one of the early returns.
    Officials with the unit’s rear detachment declined to speak about the return, saying only that it was welcomed. The returning soldiers represented each of the brigade’s subordinate units.
    Much of Grafenwöhr was still asleep on a training holiday morning when the soldiers arrived by bus just before 6 a.m. Inside the gym, someone turned up AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” a door opened and a column of soldiers entered to the cheering of family and friends.
    Soldiers and family said they learned of the return around Christmas. The transit lasted weeks, one soldier said, with lengthy stops in Bagram Air Base and Kyrgyzstan.
    Spc. Andrew McFarland, 23, of the 3-66, said sleep was the first order of business following his return, after which he wanted to spend time with his son, 8-month-old Santos. He scooped up Santos and embraced his wife, Emerald, immediately after the ceremony.
    Second Lt. Afu Lefaoseu III, of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, was greeted by his cousins, both with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Rose Barracks. Lefaoseu said he would see his wife and five children in the coming days. He has yet to meet his youngest, a 3-month-old son.
    Lefaoseu, previously at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Aghanistan, said the return home was unexpected.
    “We were just told to get ready the day before we left,” he said.
    The returning soldiers are but a small fraction of the brigade’s full force, which deployed in the summer of 2012.
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    Another unit sending soldiers home early from Afghanistan. Here where I am at, soldiers been returning back six months earlier. My FOB might be real light and empty when I arrive next month lol You new guys coming in now are getting in good. I was actived right after 9/11 for Operation Noble Eagle and been non-stop since. I never had an Army TDA assignment. Never.

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    Grafenwöhr, Schweinfurt troops return from Afghanistan early

    BySteven Beardsley Stars and Stripes
    Published: January 13, 2012

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    Spc. Andrew McFarland, 23, of the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, hoists his 8-month-old son, Santos, during a homecoming celebration for the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade in Grafenwoehr, Germany, on Friday. More than 110 brigade soldiers returned to Grafenwoehr and Schweinfurt in an early redeployment from Afghanistan.
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    GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Sunrise was still hours away when Friday became an unforgettable day for dozens of military families here.
    More than 110 soldiers with the 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade returned home in an early redeployment from the unit’s 12-month tour in eastern Afghanistan. They were greeted by thrilled family members and friends in simultaneous homecoming celebrations at the unit’s home posts in Grafenwöhr and Schweinfurt.
    “Oh my God, it’s still kind of surreal,” exclaimed Becky Parker, whose husband, Cpl. Michael Parker, of the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, was one of the early returns.
    Officials with the unit’s rear detachment declined to speak about the return, saying only that it was welcomed. The returning soldiers represented each of the brigade’s subordinate units.
    Much of Grafenwöhr was still asleep on a training holiday morning when the soldiers arrived by bus just before 6 a.m. Inside the gym, someone turned up AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” a door opened and a column of soldiers entered to the cheering of family and friends.
    Soldiers and family said they learned of the return around Christmas. The transit lasted weeks, one soldier said, with lengthy stops in Bagram Air Base and Kyrgyzstan.
    Spc. Andrew McFarland, 23, of the 3-66, said sleep was the first order of business following his return, after which he wanted to spend time with his son, 8-month-old Santos. He scooped up Santos and embraced his wife, Emerald, immediately after the ceremony.
    Second Lt. Afu Lefaoseu III, of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, was greeted by his cousins, both with the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Rose Barracks. Lefaoseu said he would see his wife and five children in the coming days. He has yet to meet his youngest, a 3-month-old son.
    Lefaoseu, previously at Forward Operating Base Orgun-E in Aghanistan, said the return home was unexpected.
    “We were just told to get ready the day before we left,” he said.
    The returning soldiers are but a small fraction of the brigade’s full force, which deployed in the summer of 2012.
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    Interesting...the hubby heads down to Riley next week to get more information about his upcoming deployment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyGirl4ever View Post
    Interesting...the hubby heads down to Riley next week to get more information about his upcoming deployment.
    I still have not received my TCS orders

    Here is another article

    Fort Carson soldiers coming home early | brigade, home, soldiers - Colorado Springs Gazette, CO

    Fort Carson soldiers coming home early




    December 21, 2011 10:17 AM


    THE GAZETTE
    About 200 soldiers from Fort Carson will get to spend the holidays at home instead of Afghanistan.
    The soldiers are members of the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team and are scheduled to return from Afghanistan about 5 p.m. Wednesday.
    The Army says the Warhorse brigade is coming home six months early after the successful completion of its mission in the western province of Herat.
    The brigade has been working with the Afghan army and police to increase security in the area and conducting humanitarian aid projects.
    Also, on Thursday the post will welcome home about 100 soldiers with the 62nd Engineer Company who are returning from Iraq. The soldiers are the last from Carson are the last to have departed Iraq.




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    MARK REIS, THE GAZETTE FILE
    SPC Logan Brouillet embraces his wife, Caity, during a welcome home ceremony Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, for Brouillet and more than 200 other soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. The couple will celebrate their first anniversary this Sunday.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CWO Sharkey View Post
    I still have not received my TCS orders

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    Neither has he...maybe he'll bring back really great news....(a girl can hope, right?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArmyGirl4ever View Post
    Neither has he...maybe he'll bring back really great news....(a girl can hope, right?)

    Of course. He did his part and then some.
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