Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY!

Tomorrow is the BIG DAY! We have waited a long long time for our Man in Green to come home for good! Mom says it's only 27 hours away now (6 pm 9/13/07) until he comes back home! They have to have a ceremony then they can see their families! Mom says we can't go. That's ok though, there would be to many people there.

Another article from the Boone Paper today:

After spending one year and nine months away from home, about 50 Iowa Army National Guard Soldiers will be returning to Boone Thursday, September 13, at the Des Moines Area Community College gymnasium, Boone campus, 1125, Hancock Drive, where a community homecoming ceremony will take place.
The members of Co. C, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation have been at Ft. Hood, Texas for the past few days, according to Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, Iowa National Guard Public Affairs Officer."The soldiers will arrive at the DMACC campus and we will bring them right into the gymnasium and have a ceremony," he said. "The ceremony will last about 20 minutes. There will be some dignitaries there that will welcome them and some speakers, and then we will release them to their families just as soon as possible.
"The soldiers were mobilized in January 2006 and departed Iowa for their mobilization station at Fort Hood, Texas in April 2006. Following additional training, the troop deployed to Iraq and the Central Command (CENTCOM) theater of operations in support of the global war on terrorism in September 2006, according to an Iowa National Guard press release.Based in Boone, Company C flies and maintains UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.
While in Iraq, the unit provided air movement support of personnel and equipment, conducted air assault operations, executed emergency casualty evacuation and performed combat search and rescue operations and humanitarian relief missions.This unit was previously deployed during Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and participated in Operation Bright Star in Egypt.Hapgood said the public is, "welcome and encouraged to attend this homecoming ceremony."

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