4th MEB welcomes warriors home Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 March 2013
 
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A group of handlers and operational Soldiers along with their mine detection dogs assigned to the 49th Mine Detection Detachment, 5th Engineer Battalion, stand in formation as they are recognized at a redeployment ceremony held March 21. The group returned from a 12-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Story and photo by Sgt. Kelly Malone
Special to GUIDON

The 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade honored two groups of redeploying Soldiers last week as 49th Mine Detection Detachment, 94th Engineer Battalion, and 13th Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion, welcomed some of their Soldiers home safely after 12-month deployments to Afghanistan, March 21, and Saturday, respectively.

Six dog handlers and six operations support Soldiers arrived at varied times over the last 10 days and were brought together in a battalion ceremony held in the unit’s motor pool where battalion and brigade leadership spoke to their accomplishments.

“I just want to emphasize all the contributions that our K-9 team does and that they are doing today. They’re the only company-sized organization in the Army that has continually been deployed since 2004,” said Lt. Col. Christopher McGowan, 5th Engineer Battalion commander.

The 13th MP Co., 92nd MP Bn. deployed several Personal Security Teams last year. One of the PST were escorted from the post gate by local Patriot Guard Riders and arrived safely to Baker Theater over the weekend where they were welcomed by leadership, fellow Soldiers and Family members.

“Sgt. Marsh and PST squad, you did an outstanding job. You trained hard, you deployed, you kept your principles with the CENTCOM commander and all those VIPs, you took the fight to the enemy and you all did it very professionally. Congratulations and welcome home,” said Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bevington, 92nd Military Police Battalion commander.

All Soldiers and military working dogs will begin their redeployment and reintegration training as they transition from being in Afghanistan.

(Editor’s note: Malone is a photojournalist assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Office.)
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