Only a small number of U.S. combat soldiers remain in Irag.  Most of them have now arrived back home in time for Christmas. 

About 200 soldiers returned to Fort Hood in Texas over the holiday weekend.  They were greeted by cheers, tears and lots of hugs.  Many family members roared with joy when members of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division landed at the base.  Many of them ran onto the field at the Texas Army post to greet loved ones.  The brigade rolled across the Iraq border a week ago. About a dozen troops from this brigade are still overseas.  We pray for them and hope for a speedy and safe return home.