Soldiers return home to spend Thanksgiving with families
ABC 3 News
Posted: Nov 24, 2016
WSIL -- This Thanksgiving, members of the 101st Airborne out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky can celebrate with their families after returning home from the battle to retake Mosul in Iraq.
Fort Campbell troops are greeted by no shortage of cheers after returning from a deployment in Iraq last week. Family and friends embrace these soldiers who spent nine grueling months training and advising Iraqi troops, under the command of Major General Gary Volesky.
Volesky says the 101st Airborne Division leaves the Middle East with no regrets.
"We said it was a marathon but we are going to sprint the whole way and they hit that tape sprinting so I couldn't be more proud of them," he said.
Their focus was on helping the Iraqis retake the key city of Mosul from Islamic State.
"The enablers we bring the fires and the advise assist and the training clearly are getting them where they need to be," said Volesky.
Much of the training from U.S. and coalition forces focused on Iraqi commanders.
"Leadership matters you can have the best unit, but if you don't have great leaders they won't be as effective," added Volesky.
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