Ten Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team units returned early from Afghanistan on Aug. 26 at 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment motor pool.
The early redeployment was a result of the Stop Loss program being phased out. Soldiers with end term of service dates that fall during their deployment are given the option to extend to complete the tour or return home early to allow time for reintegration and outprocessing.
Soldiers who redeployed began inprocessing with their units immediately after arriving. Stations were set up for administrative, housing and medical inprocessing. Military Family Life Consultants and a chaplain also were on site in the event Soldiers needed anything.
“The most important thing is making sure that all their needs are met medically, emotionally and spiritually,” said Lt. Col. Bob Krenzel, rear detachment commander for 1st BCT. “After leaving a stressful environment and leaving their buddies behind, it’s important that they have resources to help them through the transition.”
“We do the inprocessing here, and we do the welcome home ceremony at the brigade headquarters,” he added. “It’s a reduced ceremony, but we still think it’s important to let these guys know they did a good job.”
Among those returning early were unmanned aerial vehicle operators Sgt. Nathan Johnston and Pfc. Daniel Resmondo of 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion.
“It feels great to be home,” Johnston said. “I’m really anxious to see my Family. I’m going to hold my daughter and kiss her on the forehead. And of course, I’m going to hug and kiss my wife.”
“My wife is in the Army, too, so we’ve been talking about this for a while now. She said there would be balloons and banners when I get home,” he said. “I have the time my wife has left in the Army to find a job or decide on a college. Whoever finds the better job, the other will go to school, and we’ll leap frog after that.”
“It’s good to be home since this is my first deployment being married,” Resmondo said. “My wife really liked not having to do a full year deployment.”
“Now it’s time to start looking for a job, relax, spend some time with (my) wife and maybe go fishing,” he said.
Spc. Matthew Diaz
Lt. Col. Bob Krenzel, rear detachment commander for 1st Brigade Combat Team, welcomes home Soldiers returning early from their tour in Afghanistan. The early return is a result of the Stop Loss program being phased out and Soldiers being given a choice to extend for the duration of the deployment or return home early.
Spc. Matthew Diaz
Lt. Col. Bob Krenzel, rear detachment commander for 1st Brigade Combat Team, gives early redeployers a briefing on changes that happened at Fort Drum during their tour. The early return is a result of the Stop Loss program being phased out and Soldiers being given a choice to extend for the duration of the deployment or return home early.