Geraldine Charlie of Minto, right, hangs a beaded bolo tie around the neck of 1st Sgt. Jeffery Pinnell of C Company, 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade on Tuesday during a potlatch to honor and bless troops of the brigade that are preparing to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan from Fort Wainwright outside of Fairbanks. The traditional Athabascan potlatch was organized and put on by the Natives from the Fairbanks area and Interior communities to honor and bless the troops, as well as celebrating the recent return of 300 soldiers deployed to Pakistan in September to assist those affected by record flooding there.
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