Last week our Falcon Brigade, the Second Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division, returned from a nine-month combat deployment to Iraq and Syria. While there, they supported their Iraqi partners in retaking Mosul, the “caliphate” of the Islamic State, from ISIS. Our Paratroopers, along with the Iraqi Security Forces, then very quickly, very violently reclaimed the city of Tal Afar, the last ISIS holdout in Iraq.
Having defeated ISIS in Iraq, the Falcon Paratroopers return having added to the All American Legacy. As their forebears did in the Argonne Forest, Normandy, the Dominican Republic, the Mekong Delta, and many other places, they killed our Nation’s enemies when called upon to do so. We will forever remember the three Falcon Brigade Paratroopers killed in combat during Operation Inherent Resolve; they are remain a permanent part of this Division.
In episode 37 of the All American Legacy podcast, we speak with the Paratroopers who fought in Iraq and Syria as they return home. We also hear from some of the Families of our returning Paratroopers.
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