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    Photo By Staff Sgt. Edward Siguenza | Task Force Guam soldiers from 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Edward Siguenza 

    1-294th Infantry Regiment

    CAMP SHELBY, Miss. - More than 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam Army National Guard - the last of nearly 600 deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom - have safely reached United States soil Jan. 1 after completing OEF and enduring a long return flight out of the country and to a transit location in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

    The soldiers arrived at Camp Shelby, Miss., in time to greet the new year and link up with other Task Force Guam members who had left Afghanistan mid-December. This group already completed demobilization and will commence its return to Guam any day now. This last cluster included battalion commander Lt. Col. Michael Tougher, Command Sgt. Maj. Mel Hennegan, and six of Task Force Guam's seven company commanders.

    During the latest arrival at the Gulfport International Airport, Miss., the Guam soldiers were greeted by Col. Diron Cruz, chief of staff of the Guam National Guard, Maj. Rickey Flores, Task Force Guam executive officer, and other Guam Guard representatives. Four buses and two transport trucks hauled soldiers and their equipment to Camp Shelby as sporadic fireworks lit up Gulfport to ring in New Year's Day.

    Like their brothers and sisters earlier, the latest contingent will spend a few days at Camp Shelby demobilizing. They'll undergo medical and administrative processing, as well as return equipment.

    Gov. Eddie B. Calvo, governor of Guam, and Maj. Gen. Benny M. Paulino, adjutant general, Guam National Guard, are slated to meet Guam soldiers at Camp Shelby soon.



    Date Taken: 01.02.2014
    Date Posted: 01.02.2014 16:52
    Story ID: 118756
    Location: CAMP SHELBY, MS, US 

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