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01/11/05

Former President Greets Returning Troops

President Clinton shakes a soldier's hand in Bangor, Maine. President Clinton shakes a soldier's hand in Bangor, Maine.

The happy homecomings continue as more Third Infantry Division soldiers return to Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. In fact, another group of soldiers is just now arriving at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart.

Some of the planes carrying our soldiers have been stopping in Bangor, Maine, to refuel and clear customs. There Monday night, a planeload of Third ID soldiers got quite the welcome home from President Bill Clinton.

These soldiers couldn't believe their eyes, and the former president was just as excited to see them.

"I'm very proud of them," Clinton said. "I felt very privileged to just be here to welcome them home and thank them."

On his way back from Paris, where he met with French president Jacques Chirac to discuss plans for his own charity foundation, the former president stopped in Bangor himself for a routine refueling. While he waited, he joined a line of troop greeters to personally thank the soldiers for a job well done.

"These young men and women are working their hearts out, putting their lives on the line, at risk, and I think they're doing a fine job," he said.

The Third ID soldiers who were greeted by the former president are stationed out of Hunter Army Airfield. They're on a two-day leave and will be back to business as usual tomorrow morning.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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