4th MEB welcomes home two units from Afghanistan Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Story and photo by Dawn Arden
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Fort Leonard Wood welcomed 94th Engineer Battalion and 13th Military Police Company Soldiers home in two different redeployment ceremonies.

The 94th Eng. Bn. welcomed back 30 Soldiers June 13 after a nine-month NATO training mission in Afghanistan.
Sgt. Robert Yep, 13th MP Co., gets a high-five from his son, Jett, while being greeted by his wife, Ariel, and mother-in-law, Joane, during a welcome home ceremony on June 11.

Col. James Reckard III, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade commander addressed the crowd, “Nine months ago I challenged these Soldiers to go to Afghanistan to train Afghan Soldiers to manage all of the infrastructure that we built over the last 10 years. They met that challenge with spectacular results. The last thing I challenged them to do was to all come home safely, and they made it.”

Before being dismissed, Lt. Col. Samuel Volkman, 94th Engr. Bn. commander, also addressed the crowd and returning Soldiers.

“I’m exceptionally proud of our Wolverine Soldiers here, and as the Chief of Staff of the Army says ‘we truly are the strength of the nation,’” Volkman said.

The Wolverines returned to a theater full of “welcome home” signs and loved ones.

“It’s been hard. I keep my sister company while he’s gone and I see them communicate, and to see them go through that — it’s hard, it really is,” said Janet Hernaiz, sister-in-law of Capt. Jesus Soto.

The 13th MP Co. welcomed back 11 Soldiers June 11 from a protective service detail for Lt. Gen. Vincent Brooks, they were also deployed for nine months.

“Welcome home guys, great job — you have done yourself proud. You’ve done the school proud, the 4th (MEB) proud; you’ve done our Army proud,” said Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, Military Police School commandant.

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bevington, 92nd MP Bn. commander, thanked the Soldiers and their Families.

“Job well done. You trained hard, completed your mission and you kept your record clean for the last nine months. To the Families, thank you for all your sacrifices. Thank you for the support that you gave them, thank you for your support to the unit. You were the strength that gave these Soldiers the ability to complete this mission,” Bevington said to the returning Soldiers.



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