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300 Fort Bliss soldiers return home from tour in dangerous province in Afghanistan

By Maria Garcia, MariaG@kvia.com.
Published On: Jul 07 2012 12:43:14 AM CDT
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 04:32:38 PM CST

Reporter: Maria Garcia

FORT BLISS, Texas -

On a cloudy, brisk Friday, 300 Fort Bliss soldiers arrived into the waiting arms of their loved ones after a 27-hour flight from Afghanistan.

The troops came back from one of the most dangerous provinces in Afghanistan where just days ago five soldiers in the same unit were viciously attacked and shot. One of the soldiers was shot 12 times.

It's no wonder families were emotional and ecstatic to see their loved ones as they stepped off the plane.

There were bells and cheers and for one young girl, it was all in anticipation of seeing her daddy.

Little Jillian Nicole Bowers, dressed in a patriotic outfit, missed her dad “this much” as she stretched her arms as wide as she could.

“I’m going to hug him and kiss him,” she said of what she’s going to do when she sees her dad.

Finally, that treasured moment of elation arrived and Sgt. Alexander Bowers embraced his family.

The 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, also known as the Bulldog Brigade, trains Afghan police and military so they can conduct their own operations.

A man dressed in an Afghan military uniform shot the five Fort Bliss on Monday in the Wardak province. The soldiers are in stable condition.

The Bulldog Brigade conducted more than 100 Air Assaults, more than 1000 combat missions and patrols, and captured more than 100 high value targets.

The brigade has lost 12 soldiers since the start of their deployment, most recently on June 29, when Sgt. James L. Skalberg, Jr., died of wounds suffered when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device.

Related Link: ISAF Joint Command’s sergeant major gives end-of-tour advice to Bulldog Brigade

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