The following editorial appeared in the Fayetteville Observer:
As their mission in Afghanistan winds down, soldiers from the Army’s 3rd Special Forces Group are preparing for a homecoming of sorts: They’re heading back to Africa.
From its reactivation in 1990 until the terror attacks of 9/11, the 3rd Group spent much of its deployed time in Africa. What they often dealt with were local issues, like warlords and insurgencies.
The group’s return to Africa coincides with the Army’s renewed focus on the continent, especially in the more northern countries that include many unstable governments – and in the case of Libya today, virtually no functioning government at all.
And for the rest of us at home, it’s a reminder that for a rapid-response post like Fort Bragg, there’s really no such thing as down time, especially for special-operations troops.
If there’s a trouble spot in the world, we know there will be a direct line from it to Fort Bragg.
And in a world filled with spreading insurgencies, there’s an endless supply of work to be done.
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