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Hundreds of Fort Bragg paratroopers home from ISIS fight

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. Qayyarah was the first Iraqi city to be freed from Islamic State control in the last year. The city, south of Mosul and along the Tigris river, was liberated shortly after the 18th Airborne Corps deployed from Fort Bragg to helm the coalition fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. In the months that followed came the long siege against ISIS in Mosul. That city, the largest in Iraq outside of Baghdad, was liberated earlier this year. In recent d ... More

Son surprises mom on her graduation day

By Military1 Staff Ask any nurse, and they’ll tell you the day they graduated and were pinned is an exciting day. For one nursing student, however, her graduation day will be memorable for another reason. Just as Penny Pearson stood to receive her nursing pin, she received a surprise that stopped her in her tracks: the return of her son, Dustin, from his deployment to Iraq. In a video that has been shared thousands of times on social media, Penny is captured seeing Dustin for the first time and bein ... More

Baby sees Air Force dad for first time with new glasses

By Military1 Staff Shortly after Air Force Capt. Brandon Caldwell left for a two-month deployment, his 9-month-old son, Reagan, received glasses to correct his sight. When the two are finally reunited, the joy and love are impossible to miss. Capt. Caldwell immediately begins to sing and play with his son, who is overcome after missing his father, and goes in for a snuggle. And, the internet sighs a collective, “Awww!” <!--cke_bookmark_120S--><!--cke_bookmark_120E--> More

Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group returns to Norfolk

By Brock Vergakis The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK — It's homecoming day in Hampton Roads. More than 6,000 sailors are returning to Norfolk following an eight-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in the Middle East. The aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman is scheduled to arrive Wednesday at Norfolk Naval Station. The Truman will be joined by the other ships in its strike group, which include the cruiser USS Anzio and the destroyers USS Bulkeley, USS Gonzalez and USS Gravely. ... More