Hundreds of Fort Campbell soldiers will be returning from their deployment in Afghanistan tomorrow.
Post officials say about 200 soldiers, who are assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team will be returning home from their nine-month deployment in Afghanistan.
A welcome home ceremony is planned with family,friends and comrades of the returning soldiers expected to be in attendance to give those soldiers a hero’s welcome.
The soldiers were deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Officials with the 101st Airborne Division will be conducting another change of command ceremony this week.
Leaders with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade will be hosting a change of command ceremony Thursday morning at the Division Parade Field.
During the ceremony, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Commander, Colonel Paul Bontrager will relinquish command to Colonel Thomas Drew.
The body that was discovered on Fort Campbell Thursday night has been confirmed to be Specialist Brandon Bertolo, who was reported missing earlier this week.
Family members of the local soldier are asking for prayers to deal with the difficult situation after learning their loved as passed away.
Fort Campbell officials have not released any further information at this time.
As previously reported, Fort Campbell Criminal Investigation Detachment authorities say Specialist Bertolo came under investigation this past week on an unrelated incident.
Post officials say Bertolo, who was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, was released back to his brigade on Friday, July 12th and was ordered to report to morning formation on Monday, July 15th, but failed to do so.
Post officials say the soldier was not considered missing, but classified as absent without leave.
Members of the Hopkinsville-Christian County Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs this afternoon held a rare joint meeting and welcomed Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs Executive Director and Chair, Retired Colonel David Thompson as the guest speaker for the meeting.
Thompson spoke about his department’s strategic plans involving the military in Kentucky.
A Fort Campbell soldier was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense says 25-year old Staff Sgt. Sonny Zimmerman of Waynesfield, Ohio died after the vehicle he was riding in was attacked with a rocket propelled grenade.
He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
Staff Sgt. Zimmerman is survived by his wife, step-daughter and both parents.