South Bend mayor back from Afghanistan deployment

Mayor Pete Buttigieg (Photo courtesy of the City of South Bend)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The mayor of South Bend is back in the city after a seven-month military deployment to Afghanistan.

Dozens of people applauded as a fatigue-wearing Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrived in the South Bend International Airport passenger terminal Thursday night.

Buttigieg told the crowd he appreciated the welcoming crowd and that it reminded him of the many troops who’ve come home killed or wounded during the war.

The 32-year-old Democrat was elected mayor in 2011. He is a lieutenant in the Navy Reserve and served during his deployment as an intelligence officer, focusing on the interaction of drugs, financing and terrorism.

Buttigieg says he expects he’ll return to the mayor’s office Oct. 6 after finishing the final administrative steps of his deployment next week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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