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Green Ramp; "Welcome Home 82nd Airborne Paratroopers!"
Over 300, 82nd Airborne Paratroopers return home from Iraq to greet their
families and loved ones at Green Ramp, Pope Air Fore Base, North Carolina.
Video created October 25, 2007  Running time 8min 32sec
All Glory to God!! Our hearts were filled with excitement and deepest
appreciation to our American troops, and to God, for bringing them home
safely from Iraq after 15 long months of life-threatening deployment. The skies
were gloomy and rainy on this 25th of October at "Green Ramp", Pope Air
Force Base, North Carolina; but happiness prevailed as 311 troops deplaned
and marched up to greet us! (The 2nd portion of this video includes photos of
Paul French in Iraq; with his song, "The Walls of Jericho" from his album,
"Journey To Bethlehem".)

The Pope AFB runway runs roughly east-west. On the west end of the
runway, there is a large north-south parking ramp called, Green Ramp. It is
used by the Army and Air Force to stage joint operations to prepare troops
for parachute drops. This area is also where the US Army brings the 82nd
Airborne Paratroopers home after deployment, to return to duty at Fort
Bragg, (shortly after the reunion with their families and loved ones).
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As the saying goes; “absence makes the heart
grow fonder”, was no exception for Becky
French and Amanda Stone, (huddled together
under the umbrella with balloons) who, for
months, longed for the day when they would see
their fiancée’s, Nick Cottrill and Paul French,
once again. Nancy (my wife) and I were also
very excited; as we were greatly relieved to
know that our son, Paul, and future son-in-law,
Nick, were home safe again. Every day while
they were in Iraq, we prayed together for their
safety and well being. We are deeply grateful to
our friends and family who also prayed for their
safe return.

Our prayers still continue for all our men and
women serving in the US Military. Our hearts
grieve too; for the families who lost their spouses,
fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in Iraq; for
the troops who didn’t make it home, our hearts
weigh heavy upon us as we can only imagine their
family’s pain and sorrow. We will never forget
them, and are forever grateful to them for our
freedom and our country. May God bless all their
families and loved ones, every last one!

On November 24th 2007, Paul and Amanda
were happily married in Ventura, California. On
December 14th 2007, Nick and Becky were
also happily married in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
May God bless them in abundance with
happiness and love, through Jesus Christ our
Lord and Savior, for many years to come!
Christopher W. French  

The 82nd Airborne Division of the United States
Army is an elite airborne infantry division and was
constituted in the National Army as the 82nd
Division on March 5, 1917, and was organized
on March 25, 1917, at Camp Gordon, Georgia.
Since members of the division came from all 48
states, the unit was given the nickname “All-
American”. This is the basis for its famed “AA”
shoulder patch. See also,
Wikipedia, 82nd
Airborne Division (United States).
Nick, sees the wedding ring
on Becky's finger he bought
for her while in Iraq.
Nick, looking down
at the bullet he saved
from Iraq. It was
intended for him, but
had missed by the
grace of God and
answer to prayer!