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Military, families celebrate end of US troops in Iraq

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The war in Iraq will soon be over. The White House announced today that all but 150 US troops in Iraq will be home by the end of the year. President Obama says they’ll actually be home a bit sooner than that.

“Here at home, the coming months will be another season of homecomings,” Mr. Obama said. “Across america, our service men and women will be reunited with their families. Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.”

The announcement that troops are coming home from Iraq by January 1 was great news for all Americans, especially those service members at North Carolina’s National Guard.

“This is a great opportunity for the families especially,” Maj. Sean Moser said. “The community is going to be glad to get their soldiers back, and we think that’s a great thing.”

Since September 11, 2001, more than 18,000 troops have deployed to Iraq from North Carolina’s National Guard.

Maj. Moser from the 30th Brigade 120th Combined Arms Battalion has been a part of Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm and served two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Friday Moser echoed President Obama’s message that American forces along with allied Iraqis have accomplished much in that country.

“The iraqis have met their goal,” Moser said. “They are self sustaining. They are capable of defending their country by themselves. That is a great achievement. They have worked very hard, and so have our soldiers.”

The 30th Brigade is steeped in tradition. Some of its units date back to the Civil War. In the 21st century, it has seen its share of Iraq.

Moser says although he is excited about Friday’s announcement, he says he is not surprised.

“We’ve expected it, though, because the president has set a timeline,” Moser said. “He’s the commander and chief, and we’ve met the objectives and goals that have been set.”

Moser also says that just because the war in Iraq is over, that does not mean the US military’s overall mission in that nation is complete.

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