Nonprofit Group Greets Soldiers at Airport for 900th Time

Fort Carson
Fort Carson

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Soldiers returning from overseas were welcomed for the 900th time by Portsmouth's Pease Greeters.

The Portsmouth Herald reports the group -- along with about 20 children from a swim club and 24 ROTC members from Spaulding High School -- met U.S. Army troops Sunday afternoon. The troops had been stationed in Kuwait and Egypt. They stopped in Portsmouth on their way to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The nonprofit organization has welcomed more than 250,000 troops passing through Portsmouth International Airport at Pease International Tradeport since May 2005.

Staff Sgt. Latoya Dillard of Columbia, South Carolina, who has served in active duty for more than a decade and says she'll probably serve another tour, says the homecoming was the best she had ever received.


This story has been corrected to show that Fort Carson is in Colorado Springs, not Silver Springs, Colorado.

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