support for the National Guard, deployed from Fort Drum, NY, to
returned after a successful
and challenging year in Iraq.
in March of 2005. After an initial period of integration into
country, the unit
assumed its mission of advising the Iraqi Public Order units, a
force that focuses on counterinsurgency. Nine man teams moved
the greater Baghdad area and embedded with their units to provide
tactical operations and logistical issues. At the end of March
2006, these men
at the McGrath Gym FT Drum,
NY, prior to
arrival of the 2 Brigade, 78th Division.
The band waits.
The families are interviewed by
with the Watertown Daily Times newspaper.
Someone is waiting for Uncle Tex!
The troops in formation as a welcome
home speech is made.
Mike's parents greet him after the Welcome Home ceremonies.
Uncle Tex returns, too.
Patriots, Ft. Drum, Uncle Tex, Mike, Nicholas Zimmerman, McGrath Gym,
Troops return from Iraq