Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Oprah Winfrey to greet returning Fort Bragg soldiers via satellite

Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday is scheduled to speak via satellite with Fort Bragg soldiers recently returned from deployment.

Winfrey will address the soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, who will be gathered at the York Theater on post.

About 700 people including soldiers and their families are expected to attend the broadcast, said Maj. Brian Fickel, spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg.

Crews from Winfrey's talk show started setting up for the broadcast today. Winfrey's address is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday and is open only to members of the 3rd brigade and their families.

Winfrey is expected to thank the soldiers for their service and welcome them home. The segment is scheduled to air on Winfrey's television show Nov. 24.

A representative with Winfrey's Harpo Productions couldn't be reached immediately for comment.

The soldiers for the 3rd brigade have been returning from Iraq since the start of the month.

About 3,500 paratroopers are coming back from the overseas deployment.

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