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On their way out the door, TF Duke still finds time to celebrate Christmas in Afghanistan Staff Sgt. Ben Navratil

A soldier with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke selects desserts at the Forward Operating Base Salerno dining facility on Christmas Day. The 3rd BCT has begun sending its soldiers back to their home base of Fort Knox, Ky., as they hand over authority of the area to the 4th Airborne BCT, 25th Infantry Divsion, Task Force Spartan.

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – In the midst of redeployment, Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke, found time to celebrate Christmas Eve and Day by participating in worship services and enjoying a full spread at the Forward Operating Base Salerno dining facility.

Much of the BCT has already returned or is on the way back home to Fort Knox, Ky., after officially taking over the security mission in Afghanistan in January, 2011. This marks the end of the BCT’s second combat tour in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and third since the global war on terrorism began in 2001.

TF Duke is handing over coalition forces’ security responsibilities for Khowst and Paktya provinces in eastern Afghanistan to the 4th Airborne BCT, 25th Inf. Div., TF Spartan, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska.


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Date Taken:12.25.2011

Date Posted:12.25.2011 08:30

Location:KHOWST PROVINCE, AFGlobe

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