Days after a successful mission that killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama will address military service members at Fort Campbell, Ky. on Friday. It will be Mr. Obama’s first visit to the commonwealth since being elected president.
The base is home to several military units, including the 101st Airborne Division and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which supported the SEAL team that eliminated the terrorist leader in Pakistan.
A number of soldiers returned home from deployment in Afghanistan on Monday, where they first heard about the terrorist leader’s death. However, that news took a back seat to rejoining their friends and families.
From the Washington Post:
All the soldiers were happy that Osama bin Laden had been killed. But they had other – more immediate — matters on their mind.
They wanted to hug their children, kiss their spouses and try to pick up the lives that had been put on hold for a long and deadly deployment to Afghanistan.
Only a few weeks earlier, the troops had taken part in a large-scale helicopter-borne assault into the isolated mountains along the Pakistani border that was designed to push back the enemy in preparation for the arrival of the next Army unit.Six U.S. soldiers were killed along with more than 130 enemy fighters, according to the U.S. military.