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Jordin Sparks and Minka Kelly welcome home forces from Iraq

Jordin Sparks and actress Minka Kelly have paid tribute to the Armed Forces by welcoming home the last combat soldiers from Iraq in a special ceremony on Tuesday (20Dec11).

The two stars have become fast friends over the past few days after completing a whirlwind tour of Army bases in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan to meet and greet American troops for the holidays.

They landed back home this week (begs19Dec11), and on Tuesday headed straight to the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to celebrate the return of the last of the soldiers from the War in Iraq.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were also in attendance.

Tweeting from the Army Base, former Charlie's Angels star Kelly wrote, "Welcome home!!!!!! Last combat unit out of Iraq has landed..."

"What an ending to a life changing adventure. Beyond honored to b at the Andrews Air Force Base for the Return of the US Forces Iraq Colors."

And No Air hitmaker Sparks was equally excited to be present for such an historic event.

In a post on Twitter.com, she wrote, "So honored to be at the Andrews Air Force Base & going to witness the Return of the US Forces Iraq Colors. Welcome home! thankful :)"

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