Yesterday, 30 July, at 9:00 pm buses rolled on to Fort Carson, Colorado escorted by police and Patriot Guards to welcome back the Soldiers of 183rd Maintenance Company from Afghanistan.Â As they made their way through the streets of Fort Carson, the buses were met with blazing sirens, horns and even a stream of water from a fire engine hose as the Fort Carson Fire Department gave their thanks and gratitude for a job well done.Â At around 9:30 pm, the troops marched into the Event Center to be welcomed by their family and friends, some who had travel long distances to to be there for such an occasion. My own father surprised me by being there from California.Â That was a great gift, being welcomed by not only my wife, but my father too.Â This same feeling of course carried throughout the event center as all of the Soldiers hugged, kissed and just plan lite up at the sight of their loved ones and friends. Coming home from a deployment is a bitter sweet thing for a Soldier.Â To be gone from their homes and their everyday lives for 12 months or more they delve into their jobs.Â For me, I am very happy to be home.Â I did my job and the effects of that will be felt for sometime throughout the Shindnand Air Base.Â My legacy was left behind to be built upon, but that hold true for the 183rd Maintenance Company as well.Â This company was the first ever maintenance company in Regional Command - West.Â They were not merely a maintenance company that supported the maintenance mission of other units, they were responsible for moving logistical convoys across four regional commands, supported countless outer lying bases, partnered with the Afghan Army, provided Base Defense to the Shindnand Air Base, and so much more.Â There legacy has now been left for the pages of history and the names of every 183rd Soldier have now been inscribed on that page. This closes another chapter in my military career and opens another as I move to my next job, which still is to be determined.Â So once again help me welcome back 183rd Maintenance Company "Workhorse" from their 12 month tour in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). [flagallery gid=6 name="Gallery"] *Photos by Pam Clemens and unknown photographers.
President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry July 12 at 2 p.m. EST.
Visit http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/petry/index.html to read more about this brave Soldier.