Posted : Tuesday Jun 15, 2010
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — The commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division has returned to his North Carolina base after 14 months in eastern Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti and about 20 paratroopers from the 82nd arrived Tuesday morning at Pope Air Force Base. Scaparrotti commanded the coalition task force in charge of 14 provinces near the Afghan border with Pakistan. The task force was made up of 30,000 service members from 13 different countries.
Hundreds of paratroopers from the headquarters returned to Fort Bragg last week. The 82nd deployed to Afghanistan in June 2009. The unit's deployment was extended about 50 days to allow soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division Headquarters a full year at home.