Reported By Forrest Sanders
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.
The commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division returned to Fort Campbell, Ky., on Friday morning after leading NATO troops over the past year in eastern Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell's return marked the end of the division's yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, although two brigades are still finishing their tours in Afghanistan.
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People go about their day-to-day lives without having to worry about whats going on overseas," said Campbell. "Thats because youve got great soldiers out there that volunteer to be in harms way every day.
Campbell arrived to Fort Campbell among 25 soldiers. Taking the podium, Campbell spoke to a crowd including Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.
Campbell said the efforts of the soldiers have led to major advances in security with about 5,000 insurgents taken off the battlefield since June. He added a main concern now is an insider threat with attacks against U.S. forces by insurgents in Afghan police uniforms taking place as recently as April.
The enemy feels very, very threatened," said Campbell. "One way to attack is to steal or procure an Afghan police uniform and work their way into a crowded place, explode themselves, and kill soldiers and police to drive a wedge between the police and Afghans. They know that partnership is working.
Campbell said he wants the community to remember the fallen.
Their sacrifice was not in vain," said Campbell. "Their mission was very, very important. There hasnt been another 9/11 event since the soldiers deployed to Afghanistan. People take that for granted.
Campbell added it remains to be seen how the death of Osama bin Laden will effect al-Qaeda. He said the death has hurt al-Qaeda's recruiting and fundraising, but he expects someone else to step into bin Laden's place.