'Battle buddies' keep home front stable
September 21st, 2010
11:32 AM ET

'Battle buddies' keep home front stable

The first thing you notice about Ann Campbell and Marla Schroeder is their tight-bond. They often wrap their arms around each other. They joke, they laugh.

The two women provide a sense of calm at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division. About 17,000 soldiers from the 101st Airborne - nearly the entire division - have been deployed as part of the Afghanistan surge.

Campbell and Schroeder are the wives of the 101st's two top commanders. "Our husbands look after each other and we look after each other," Campbell says.

They call themselves "Battle Buddies" - Army tough women who keep the home front stable while husbands are on the battlefield. "We always joke that being an Army wife is actually the toughest job in the Army."

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  1. dindy Sri lanka

    Do not think about 360 stories. Think about the troops and pray !!! Also praise!! to lord as lord can bring them back home it we praise and pray !!!

    September 23, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  2. 360 is STUPID

    All this garbage about 180 and 360 means nothing! Stop posting this sh.it.

    Stop talking in fu.ck.ing riddles and tell us straight. You are demanding that everyone convert to fundamentalist islam. Your religion says that prosthelytizing is punishable by death YET YOU DO IT EVERY FU.CKI.ING DAY!

    But its ok if you do it right? Of course because you are full of lies and hypocracy.

    At least don't hide behind the LIES and NONSENSE of talking about 360. Repeating the same riddles every day is sickening. NO I WILL NOT CONVERT to your false gods my faith is like a rock mountain and your pathetic lies are like the wind that passes

    September 22, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      If it is not 360 it is nothing and cure from its sickness is, to have no heart beat.

      September 22, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    You took too much acid in the sixties!

    September 21, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Anyone who does not hold to the truth and belief in the trinity will not have fellowship with God and his children in heaven!!! And as it is written every man and woman will bow down to Jesus, the son of God and Savior of the world!!!

    September 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      There is no use talking to a person who believes that all non- Muslims are Hindu pothead man gods! The Holy Bible was inspired by God and written by his followers!!!!

      September 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Read Philippians2:9-11

      September 21, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Keep up with your gibberish and follow your 360 degrees truth of those who kill and terrorize people just for power and control over them, without an ounce of love for them and we'll see where you end up while I will be surrounded by those that love one another!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      September 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. atal

    If your "Blinds are never equal" you must be pulling the wrong string.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bangash

    No doubt in every country, inhabitants feel proud to be in the vanguard in defense of mother land against foreign attackers. In principle every country is supposed to form Army for defense against foreign aggression under the principle of self defense. So being defenders, feeling proud, is worth appreciation every where and all over the world but being an aggressor and offensive in greed for more and usurping weaker of his rights is equally condemnable every where in the world. In USA, after 9/11 incident, American nation has been made to believe that Alqaida has attacked their soil therefore they are justified in fighting them in their bases on Afghan and Pakistan soil. But now Bush has been proved wrong and Americans will soon learn that few hundred families whom own MIC, Corporations, in association with military establishments, use these sons and daughters of their mother land in their international death merchandise and usurp poor nations of their natural resources to make their own empires. This will be then extreme matter of shame being an aggressor and usurper of weaker rights. Today for Afghanistan they can name Osama or Alqaida but what logic they had for invading Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Panama, Nicaragua and Cuba etc. So this is fact that this pride of today is clearly a shame tomorrow after huge human losses as every wife is not lucky enough among the above one as their are a number of widows and mothers who have lost their loved one and today running campaign against war to save others from such shocks.

    September 21, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You forget, Mr. Terrorist Supporter, that the Taliban originated in Pakistan. Afghans, with the help of NATO, are fighting for their freedom from this scourge.

      September 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |