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Ft. Knox soldiers share message of gratitude from Afghanistan

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LTC Eric Lopez (Source: U.S. Army) LTC Eric Lopez (Source: U.S. Army)
A look at some of the soldiers of Ramrod Battalion (Source: U.S. Army) A look at some of the soldiers of Ramrod Battalion (Source: U.S. Army)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Soldiers from Kentucky remain hard at work half a world away. Members of the Ft. Knox 2-2 Infantry Battalion are in the middle of a deployment to Afghanistan. 

In the middle of Zabul Province, Forward Operating Base, or FOB, Apache may seem ages away from the day back in June at Ft. Knox when the University of Louisville basketball coaches and players paid a visit. In Afghanistan there are no basketball stars, no national championship trophy, but Lieutenant Colonel Eric Lopez says that day lives in the minds of his soldiers. 

"We just appreciate all the support from all the people in Louisville and especially all the UofL and Cards fans," said Lopez. 

While 7,300 miles away from Louisville and their families, the 600 soldiers from Ramrod Battalion spend their days working with Afghan security forces.

"We're all over here and all working to make the Afghan security forces better and help them with governance and getting ready for the elections coming up in the spring of 2014," Lopez said. 

Lopez stands in awe of his troops and calls them patriots. 

"They knew they were going to have to be deployed; they knew they were going to have to leave their families and fight for our country," said Lopez. "I'm absolutely just so proud of our soldiers and everything that they do every day." 

Lopez said all of his soldiers are in awe of the support they've gotten from home. 

"All the care packages, thank you letters, thoughts and prayers," said Lopez, "we feel them over here and we definitely appreciate them." 

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