Kettering unit welcomed home from Iraq

Posted by DarthDilbert at 4/19/2009 10:27:00 PM

More than 100 local families welcomed home their soldier loved ones Saturday. The 371st Sustainment Brigade of the Ohio National Guard is back from a one year tour in the Middle East. To the sounds of thunderous applause and military music, thousands of loved ones cheered and waved signs as the soldiers marched into the Nutter Center in Fairborn. Ohio Adjutant General Major General Gregory Wayt said to the cheering crowd, "What do you think, don't your heroes look great!"

Soldiers of yesterday saluted their counterparts of today who said they were all happy to be back home. Sgt. Jeremy Slusher from Portsmouth said, "It's been a long time coming. I'm ready to come back and be with my family and friends." Spc. Anthony Jackson from Dayton, "This is my second time doing this and it feels even better this time."

The unit escorted convoys for more than 17 million miles in Iraq. They delivered some four and half million cases of bottled water and thousands more rounds of ammunition. It was a busy year and these men and women citizen soldiers said it's time for a break.

Spc. Jackson said, "I'm going to relax, and do whatever I want to do."

Welcome home. Congratulations on a job well done.



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