Soldiers return to Fort Gordon from Afghanistan

Intelligence battalion hailed as 'heroes'

Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:18 PM
Last updated Monday, July 22, 2013 1:39 AM
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Friends and family waited patiently inside the 513th Military Intelligence Motor Pool at Fort Gordon on Sunday to see their loved ones for the first time in almost a year.

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Sgt. Brent Osgood is greeted by his wife, Adriana, and their one-year-old son, Bradley, at the welcome home ceremony for 20 soldiers of the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon on Sunday.   JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
Sgt. Brent Osgood is greeted by his wife, Adriana, and their one-year-old son, Bradley, at the welcome home ceremony for 20 soldiers of the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Gordon on Sunday.

They murmured to each other while a five-piece band played patriotic tunes.

Then, across from the crowd, a large bay door rolled open and 20 soldiers with the 202nd Military Intel­li­gence Battalion marched in. Guests erupted in cheers as the soldiers filed in. Silence took over as Lt. Col. Aaron Sam­mons addressed the audience.

“Though I can’t give specifics on what your soldiers did down range, but I can tell you they’re all heroes in what they did,” he said. “Welcome home. A job well done.”

The battalion was responsible for providing real-time intelligence support to special operations units in Afghanistan.

After closing remarks the soldiers broke from formation to embrace loved ones.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Villa­lobos rushed to his fiancée, spinning her around and planting a kiss on her lips. “As soon as the door opened, it was everything that we’ve been waiting on for an entire year,” he said. “We’re going to come home, have a nice dinner and catch up.”

Staff Sgt. Rachel Singrat­somboune said she was most looking forward to having her first bite of pizza.

“Part of you is like, ‘Holy crap, I have a lot of stuff to do,’” she said. “I have a lot of bills to pay. I have to figure all of my stuff out. I have to be responsible.”

Her mother, Tina Harmon, said she stayed in touch with her daughter via Facebook and that hugging her for the first time in a year was pure bliss.

“I can’t even describe it,” Harmon said.

While soldiers posed for pictures with family, the platoon leader, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Garrin Stock, greeted his children. He said knew what he will do first thing in the morning.

“I’m going to make waffles for the kids,” he said.

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soapy_725
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soapy_725 07/22/13 - 07:23 am
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How many did not come home is the story. Enough is enough.
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How many did not come home is the story. Enough is enough.

Darby
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Darby 07/22/13 - 11:36 am
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Welcome

Home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 07/22/13 - 03:14 pm
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YES!!! WELCOME HOME - GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!

Bring them ALL home - now - please - don't let our country fight all these wars for other nations. We want our people home, here, where they belong and no more hurt, no more injuries and and NO MORE DEATHS!! May God have mercy on the USA - a wonderful nation if it was only cared for properly!!!

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