Fort Carson troops expected home on Christmas Eve

The Gazette - Published: December 24, 2013 | 4:15 pm 0

They're not coming by sleigh, but they might as well be.

Fort Carson will welcome home 35 soldiers from Afghanistan late Tuesday, just in time for Christmas.

The post said the soldiers, from the 71st Ordnance Group, were expected at 9:30 p.m. at a ceremony where they'll meet their families.

The bomb-disposal troops spent nine months training forces in Afghanistan on how to deal with explosive threats.

Mines from decades of warfare and roadside bombs from recent battles are a persistent threat in the country.

"The company disposed of 50 improvised explosive devices and over 10,000 pounds of captured explosives during their deployment," Fort Carson said in a news release.

Hundreds of Fort Carson soldiers remain in Afghanistan this Christmas, with the biggest group assigned to the 4th Infantry Division headquarters. The 4th division soldiers are managing the American drawdown in southern Afghanistan.

More than 3,000 Fort Carson soldiers this Christmas are getting ready to leave for war. The posts' 4th Brigade Combat Team will depart for southern Afghanistan in late winter.

Those soldiers got three weeks of holiday leave ahead of the final training for their deployment.

The Pentagon intends to remove all American combat troops from that country by the end of 2014.

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