News: Renegades return home safely
Story by Sgt. Garett Hernandez
FORT HOOD, Texas – Family and friends welcomed home the soldiers of Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, July 26 during a redeployment ceremony here.
“It feels great to be back, you appreciate the little things even the grass,” said Spc. Jesus Portillo an automated logistical specialist with Battery A, 2nd Bn., 20th FAR, 41st Fires Bde.
During their six-month deployment to Kuwait, the battery worked with the 75th Field Artillery Brigade from Fort Sill, Okla., supporting Operation Spartan Shield.
Battery A, also known as the Renegades, helped train soldiers from other countries within the region such as Jordan and the United Arabian Emirates. Along with training others the Renegades received training of their own.
The Renegades learned how to operate High Mobility Artillery Rocket System while serving overseas. The HIMARS is a wheeled vehicle capable of firing six rockets.
“Manicure, pedicure, get my hair done, relax and eat some good food,” said Spc. Staci Demarrias a multiple launch rocket system repairer with Battery A, 2nd Bn., 20th FAR, 41st Fires Bde., when asked what her plans were for her post deployment leave.
The Renegades will now undergo reintegration training and take leave before heading back to work.