Fort Hood welcomes troops just before holidays

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Hundreds of families at Fort Hood are
getting a special gift this holiday season: Their soldiers are
coming home.
In the past week, about 1,400 1st Cavalry Division soldiers have
returned to Fort Hood, including 300 on Saturday night and 350 on
Sunday morning. Another 450 are due back by Christmas. They served
in Iraq about a year.
The troops are among some 16,000 1st Cavalry soldiers returning
to the central Texas Army post by February. The 2nd Brigade was
supposed to return sometime in December, and Army officials tried
to make sure that most would be back before the holidays.
Maj. Chad Carroll, a 1st Cavalry Division spokesman, says it's
important for troops to be back now because many have been deployed
several times and have missed at least one birthday and all the

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