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Thursday, 10 October 2013
Story and photo by Sgt. Kelly Malone
Special to GUIDON
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More than 120 Soldiers with the 232nd Engineer Company, “Warriors,” 94th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, were welcomed home by Family, friends and fellow Soldiers in a redeployment ceremony honoring their return at Swift Fitness Center on Tuesday.

The unit returned from a nine-month deployment where the company was split between Kuwait and Afghanistan.
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More than 120 Soldiers with the 232nd Engineer Company, 94th Engineer Battalion, 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, stand in formation at a redeployment ceremony held in their honor in Swift Fitness Center Tuesday. The unit returned from a nine-month deployment where they supported missions in Kuwait and Afghanistan.

“What was unique about our mission is that the company was ‘double deployed.’  We were deployed to Kuwait and then forward-deployed to Afghanistan,” said Capt. Mohammad Waseem, 232nd Engr. Co., 94th Engr. Bn. commander.

“Our Soldiers completed more than 50 missions in nine months’ time.  We all came home in one piece and got the job done — so for any commander, that is a really, really proud moment,” Waseem said.

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general, spoke to Waseem and his company and the assembled guests during the ceremony.

“The reason why we are free is not because of the folks who work in Washington. The reason why we are free is because of these young troopers that we have standing in front of us today,” Smith said.

While there were plenty of Family members to greet the Soldiers, some Soldiers, such as Sgt. Matthew Hutfles, was meeting a new Family member in person for the first time.

“We used Skype for her birth. I was induced so he was able to help coach me and when she popped out and they laid her on my chest he got to see her for the first time,” said April Hutfles.

Sgt. Hutfles, a native of Odessa, Mo., and a team leader with 232nd Engr. Co., said he was very excited to meet Bailey and was glad to be home.

Smith asked the Soldiers and Families to reflect on their feelings during this reunion.

“Families, remember this day when times are hard. Remember how your heart feels today about your Soldier coming back,” Smith said.

(Editor’s note: Malone is an Army photojournalist and writes for the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Office.)








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