Sgt. Steven Peterson
10th Mountain Division Journalist
About 180 Soldiers received a warm welcome home during two ceremonies over the holidays as their deployment to Afghanistan came to an end. The Soldiers returned to friends and Families only hours after they landed at Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield during ceremonies Dec. 23 and Jan. 4 at Monti Physical Fitness Center.
As the returning heroes walked off of the airplanes that brought them home, Maj. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, and other leaders welcomed each and every Soldier back home.
“It’s good to have all these Soldiers home after they did such a great job while deployed,” Townsend said.
During the ceremonies, Townsend asked the friends and Family Members in attendance to shake the Soldiers’ hands and thank them for their service.
Soldiers of 110th Transportation Company, 548th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, arrived back home at Fort Drum in time for Christmas. Friends and Families, who in some cases had traveled across the country to see their Soldiers returning home, celebrated the Soldiers’ return during the early-morning ceremony.
“This is what I have been waiting for,” said Sgt. Nathan Harris, a Soldier from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 548th CSSB. “This is the best feeling in the world.”
Soldiers from HHC, 548th CSSB returned home on Friday.
HHC’s mission entailed overseeing daily convoy operations, tracking more than 200 long-haul sustainment combat logistics patrols that measured more than 27,500,000 miles while providing sustainment stocks to an area over 47,000 square miles.
“I’m pretty happy to be home and see my Family,” said Sgt. 1st Class Arthur Taylor, HHC, 548th CSSB. “It will be a long few days catching up with all that has happened with my Family while I’ve been gone.”