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Five generations of family members, including (from left to right) mother Toni Drews, brother Dylan Drews, Sgt. Howard Drews, an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Repairer with Company F, 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, nephew Kadyn Harrison, wife Camille Drews, great grandmother Vora Nell Schmidt, and grandmother Judy Wilson, pose together for a photo during a homecoming ceremony, March 15, at Hood Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas. During Company F's mission in Afghanistan, soldiers with F Company, 1-227th "Nomads," operated 12 Gray Eagle aircraft and flew more than 10,000 hours.

FORT HOOD, Texas – As more than 100 family members anxiously awaited the arrival of their soldiers, two white buses carrying their returning heroes pulled up at Hood Army Airfield to thunderous applause, marking the end of a historic mission in Afghanistan.

After a yearlong deployment, 78 Soldiers in Company F., 1st Attack Reconnaissance Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, reunited with loved ones during a homecoming ceremony, March 15 at Hood Army Airfield, here.

“I can’t explain how nervous and excited I am to see my son,” said Melissa Bosi, a Covington, Tenn., native and mother of Sgt. Jed Prall, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle operator with F Company 1-227th. “He’s so brave; he’s my hero. There’s no way I could be any more proud of all these returning heroes.”

Stationed at Forward Operating Base Shank, Logar province, Afghanistan, the “Nomads” provided Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance support to Regional Command-East via the use of the Gray Eagle, an unmanned aerial system, for reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition, as well as strike missions.

“We worried and prayed so much during his deployment,” Bosi said. “We knew the importance of his unit’s mission, and he was very busy so often times we didn’t have the chance to speak. But I knew he was being taken care of by his fellow soldiers. I can’t wait to put my arms around him and tell him how much I’ve missed him.”

During their deployment, soldiers operated 12 Gray Eagle aircraft and flew thousands of hours, said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brandon Edgar, rear detachment commander for F Company 1-227th “Nomads” and Beaumont, Texas, native.

“Our mission was successful as we supported over 10,000 hours of ISR and lost nobody,” said Edgar. “We’re the first ones to do this mission and support real time operations, including neutralizing insurgents.”

The operation marked the first time in the Army a company completed warfare missions with Gray Eagles, as it deployed 117 soldiers last March and redeployed the entire company without loss of life over the course of the year, explained Edgar.

“Everyone has accomplished training missions, but we’re the only company in the Army who has executed Gray Eagle combat missions,” Edgar said. “We’re proud of our Soldiers, and we’re glad everyone came back in one piece from this historic deployment.”


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Date Taken:03.19.2013

Date Posted:03.19.2013 12:02

Location:FORT HOOD, TX, USGlobe

Hometown:BAYTOWN, TX, US

Hometown:BEAUMONT, TX, US

Hometown:BLUE SPRINGS, MO, US

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