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Community ready to say, 'Welcome home!' to Guardsmen

Friday, April 1, 2005

Returning from active duty at one of the busiest ports in the country in December 2004, the "Road Warriors" of Company B, 38th Main Support Battalion of the Indiana National Guard will be offically recognized at a Welcome Home Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Brazil National Guard Armory.

The group, part of a year-long deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, was stationed at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, South Carolina. It was the first time the 38th Main Support Battalion had been mobilized since World War II.

"In 10 months we moved over 250,000 pieces of equipment," Company Commander Captain Erik Parker said. "Our soldiers supported installations across the U.S., as well as many units in Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom."

The group, which loaded and unloaded equipment headed to installations around the country and for Iraq, Afghanistan and Kosovo, will be recognized for their commitment to duty and outstanding service during their deployment by Lt. Col. Walter Colbert, the 38th Main Support Battalion Commander. He will present the unit with a deployment mission plaque and individual awards for those members who excelled during the operation.

"This is an honor to be asked to be a part of this celebration," Mayor Tom Arthur said. He will be a guest speaker at Saturday's event. "It is always nice to see the dedication of people who put service to their country above their selves and their families."

The community is invited to attend and witness this historic event.

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