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LYNN NEARY, host:

The 101st Airborne Division is part of the buildup of American troops heading to Afghanistan this summer. Just a few weeks ago, the first soldiers from the 101st boarded a plane for the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar.

They gathered late at night to say goodbye to children and parents, husbands and wives. And in their last moments at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, they lined up for some parting words from their commander, Major General John Campbell.

Unidentified Man #1: Atten-hut!

Major General JOHN CAMPBELL (U.S. Army): Fall out.

Unidentified People: Oooooh!

Maj. Gen. CAMPBELL: Bring in tight. Bring in tight. First couple rows take a knee.

Unidentified Man #2: Take a knee.

Maj. Gen. CAMPBELL: You ready to go?

Unidentified People: Oooooh!

Maj. Gen. CAMPBELL: There's a reason why the 101st is going to Afghanistan with the division and all of its brigades. Never happened before. We've been in Afghanistan for nine years. 2010, 2011 is the time to turn this thing around. You guys are going to lead that main effort.

Look to your left and right, battle buddies. All right, take care of each other. If something's up with your buddy, have the intestinal fortitude to talk to your chain of command. How many are not married? All right. Call your mom and dad. You know, 20 years from now you're going to be sitting in a rocking chair someplace thinking of what you did in 2010 and 2011. You kind of puff up your chest and say, I was in Afghanistan. I was there when Afghanistan turned. I was there when it made a difference. This is our nation's main effort now.

All right? You guys are part of a minority. One-half of one percent of our nation is doing what you're doing. You've got to feel pretty good about that. Chaplain, lead us in prayer.

Unidentified Man #3 (Chaplain): Please pray with me. Lord we thank you for these fine men and women that are about to deploy. Lord, we ask for your blessing, for safety, as they board these airplanes and they fly to...

We ask that you give them success and confidence throughout this mission and return each and every one of them home safely. For your grace we pray in you name. Amen.

Unidentified People: Amen.

Maj. Gen. CAMPBELL: All right. I'm going to shake every one of your hands, as well as your leadership. It's important. If we're sending you out to combat, I want to look you in the eyeballs. Let me know you're ready to go. I'm proud to serve with you. Fall back in.

Unidentified People: Oooooh!

NEARY: Major General John Campbell shaking hands with some of the soldiers as they prepare to leave for Afghanistan. Campbell and the rest of the 101st Airborne Division will join them there this summer.

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