‘Deuces’ return home from Afghanistan

| July 28, 2011 | 1 Comment
Sgt. Elijah Ransom, 552nd MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, embraces his family after a yearlong deployment, recently. (Photos by Spc. Tiffany Dusterholft | 8th TSC Public Affairs)

Sgt. Elijah Ransom, 552nd MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, embraces his family after a yearlong deployment, recently. (Photos by Spc. Tiffany Dusterholft | 8th TSC Public Affairs)

Maj. Shea A. Asis & Sgt. Phillis White
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — After a year spent away from friends and family, the “Deuces” returned, here, from its deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, July 13.

The Soldiers in 552nd Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, performed a complex mission while deployed.

The platoons executed security missions with the Afghan National Police and the company headquarters. The Soldiers, in conjunction with State Department representatives, also executed a governance and development role in a specific district within Kandahar.

“We helped refine, with the government of Afghanistan, the basic needs of the populace, through various civil projects, which our combined team did well,” said Capt. Christopher Nogle, commander, 552nd MP Co.

A family member holds up a sign as he waits for his dad to return from a 552nd MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, deployment.

A family member holds up a sign as he waits for his dad to return from a 552nd MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, deployment.

During the redeployment ceremony, friends and family stood as their heroes marched into the hanger. The Soldiers were greeted with thunderous cheers, applause and tears from loved ones, who anxiously awaited the unit’s dismissal.

Soldiers stood with smiles on their faces, as they had accomplished so much during their deployment.

“We had the greatest success by incorporating the Afghan police as well as the government officials into everything we did, and this made them have a sense of accomplishment and pride with all the tasks they had accomplished,” Nogle said.

“What we did, what we accomplished … and the lessons learned, I don’t think — professionally — there will be anything else that will come close to this experience,” Nogle said.

During the deployment, the company earned the following individual awards:

102 Combat Action Badges

2 Bronze Star Medals (Valor)

27 Bronze Star Medals

13 Purple Hearts

19 Army Commendation Medals (Valor)

147 Army Commendation Medals

66 Army Achievement Medals

The company has also been nominated for the Combat Action Streamer.

(Editor’s Note: Asis is with 8th MP Bde. Public Affairs, and White is with 8th TSC Public Affairs.)

 

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  1. vn mp i pray for you and your family hold your family together at all cost GOD BLESS

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