News: World War II veterans will honor 95th soldiers from Afghanistan missions
Story by Capt. Jennifer Mack
FORT SILL, Okla. - World War II veterans have announced they will honor more than 500 “Victory Team” soldiers at the 95th Division Association’s 64th reunion set for August 2013 in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
In December 2005, the 95th had its first overseas deployment as a unit since World War II. It was the beginning of a seven-year mission mentoring and advising drill sergeants of the Afghan National Army. Soldiers, most who were U.S. Army Reserve drill sergeants, served as part of Embedded Training Teams, Mobile Training Teams and NATO Training Mission—Afghanistan. After 10 iterations, the mission ended in 2012.
In addition, the association will honor the first ever 95th female soldiers to be deployed. The female drill sergeants deployed in 2010 and served as instructors for the first ANA Female Officer Candidate School. All soldiers will be honored for their support of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Maj. Gen. James E. Archer, retired, president of the 95th Infantry Division Association and former commanding general of the division said, “The veterans are pleased to honor the current soldiers and their sacrifices. As part of our gratitude, we plan to present the detachment soldiers with a special memento in honor of their service. The Iron Men of Metz have shown continuing interest in the wartime service of current 95ers, since the tragic events of 9/11. They are justly proud that these soldiers have prepared for their service with the knowledge that they are continuing a long and courageous tradition established by our veterans of World War II in France, Belgium and Germany.”
The association’s plans for the reunion are currently underway.
Archer said, “Soldiers who were part of the ANA history should stay tuned for further details on how they can participate in the reunion and receive the recognition they deserve from their predecessors and comrades.”