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November 15, 2008. Fayetteville, NC..One thousand Army wives and active duty soldiers pregnant with what the locals call ?surge babies? were celebrated at the biggest military baby shower ever. These babies were conceived when.troops from the 82nd Airborne Division, deployed to Iraq for the surge of forces in January 2007, began returning home to Fort Bragg in November.. Billed as Boots and Booties, the hall was filled to capacity, as the event filled up within 4 days and had 700 attendees within 24 hours.