Family members and some commanding officers will be on hand today when the first large contingent of troops from Fort Bragg returns from duty in Panama.
Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne, who seized a dam and an enemy supply depot, will be the ones returning, officials said.The unit is the 3rd Battalion of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which consists of between 400 and 600 soldiers, said Capt. Lewis Boone. The exact time of the return hasn't been set, but the soldiers are expected in late morning or early afternoon, officials said.
The soldiers will walk off transport planes rather than parachute onto base, Boone said.
About 4,000 Fort Bragg troops, including about 3,300 from the 82nd Airborne Division, are in Panama as part of the U.S. invasion that toppled dictator Manuel Noriega.
No soldiers from the battalion were killed, but 23 suffered wounds or injuries.