FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Approximately 200 Soldiers with the 118th Military Police Company, 503rd Military Police Battalion, 16th Military Police Brigade, arrived at Pope Air Force Base, May 16, after serving in Eastern Afghanistan.
“This country owes you a debt of gratitude that it will never be able to repay,” said Canadian Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Nicolas Matern. “It’s a two-way street and we must honor the family members that supported from the rear.”
At last, the Soldiers shift their focus from training Afghan National Police units and providing route security to spending time with family and friends.
“It is great to be able to spend time with family,” said Spc. Brandon Adams, a Soldier with the 118th MP Company. “It’s just great to be back,” added the Nashville, Tenn., native.
One mother noticed a difference in her son since he deployed 12 months ago.
“My guardian angel has become a true man, that loves to serve his country,” said Wendy Davis, Adam’s mother.
Matern, the deputy commanding general of operations with the XVIII Airborne Corps, advised the paratroopers to slowly reintegrate with their families and not to rush the process.
This was one of four deployments the 118th MP Company has served since 2001.
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