Green Berets assigned to 3rd Special Group (Airborne) prepare an exfiltration on August 15, 2019, near Hurlburt Field, FL (Army photo / Spc. Peter Seidler)

A fifth soldier in a case that dates to 2009 has pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and receiving stolen government property, officials said Monday.

William Todd Chamberlain, 46, of Raleigh, faces a combined maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release; a $500,000 fine; mandatory restitution; and forfeiture of $40,000, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

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U.S. Army paratroopers assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, prepare for departure for the Middle East from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S. January 5, 2020. (REUTERS/Bryan Woolston)

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - For many of the soldiers, it would be their first mission. They packed up ammunition and rifles, placed last-minute calls to loved ones, then turned in their cell phones. Some gave blood.

The 600 mostly young soldiers at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were headed for the Middle East, part of a group of some 3,500 U.S. paratroopers ordered to the region. Kuwait is the first stop for many. Their final destinations are classified.

"We're going to war, bro," one cheered, holding two thumbs up and sporting a grin under close-shorn red hair. He stood among dozens of soldiers loading trucks outside a cinder block building housing several auditoriums with long benches and tables.

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U.S. Army Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division arrive at Ali AlSalem Air Base, Kuwait, Jan. 2, 2020. (U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Daniel Martinez)

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Early Wednesday morning, Army paratroopers in Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms and body armor loaded planes wearing weapons, such as M4A1 carbines, slung securely across their chests. Some carried overstuffed airborne rucksacks while old-timers shouldered customized versions of the Army's Vietnam-era ALICE packs.

They were ordered to the Middle East on short notice in response to efforts by Iran-backed militia members to breach the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The deployment also served as the debut of a revamped crisis response capability.

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A screenshot of the 18th Airborne Corps post featuring Waffen-SS Obersturmbannfǘhrer Joachim Peiper shared on the official Facebook page of the Department of Defense

A photo of a Nazi commander shown on the 18th Airborne Corps' social media page has been removed and an apology has been issued.

On Monday, the 18th Airborne Corps' Facebook page made the first post of its series to commemorate the World War II operation between German forces and Western Allies known as "The Battle of the Bulge."

The Corps' since-deleted post to kick off the commemoration had a photo of German Schutzstaffel Col. Joachim Peiper.

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An entrance sign at Fort Bragg (Wikimedia Commons)

A soldier was convicted in federal court of conspiring to commit marriage fraud and making a false statement in an immigration matter, a U.S. attorney said.

Edward Kumi Anguah, a sergeant who lives in Fayetteville, was found guilty after a two-day trial before Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, according to a statement released Thursday by U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. Anguah faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, the statement said.

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A police line (Flickr/Tony Webster)

A Fort Bragg soldier is credited with saving the life of a pawn shop owner who had been shot in the leg by using a power tool cord as a tourniquet, according to an ABC News affiliate in North Carolina.

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