Guard units come home to a warm reception

| August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers in Co. B, 1st Bn., 171st Avn. Regt., HIARNG, are welcomed home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan by family and friends, Aug. 10. The unit provided helicopter lift support to a combat aviation brigades. (Photos by Arianne Undan | Logistics Solutions Group Inc., 3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion)

Soldiers in Co. B, 1st Bn., 171st Avn. Regt., HIARNG, are welcomed home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan by family and friends, Aug. 10. The unit provided helicopter lift support to a combat aviation brigades. (Photos by Arianne Undan | Logistics Solutions Group Inc., 3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion)

Lt. Col. Charles Anthony & Arianne Undan
News Release

Battle buddies, families pay homage to fallen comrades

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — Family members and friends packed a warehouse, here, for the highly-anticipated return of the Hawaii Army National Guard’s 171st Aviation Regiment, Aug. 10.

The 150 Hawaii-based Soldiers deployed to regional commands south and east in Afghanistan for a yearlong deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Company B, 1st Battalion, 171st Avn. Regt., was mobilized August 2010. After several months of training at Fort Hood, Texas, it deployed October 2010.

The Soldiers provided CH-47D helicopter lift support to combat aviation brigades.

Soldiers in Co. B, 1st Bn., 171st Avn. Regt., HIARNG, are welcomed home with Hawaiian aloha spirit and lei, recently.

Soldiers in Co. B, 1st Bn., 171st Avn. Regt., HIARNG, are welcomed home with Hawaiian aloha spirit and lei, recently.

The unit flew more than 1,400 missions, which transported a total of 69,000 troops and 7.5 million pounds of supplies to key locations, reaching 9,000 flight hours.

The unit’s missions were in support of combat supply, battlefield circulation, general support and deliberate operations against the Taliban in support of various ground units.

At the welcome back ceremony, comrades shared a moment of silence with family and friends for the team of 31 service members who were shot down last week, the very unit that replaced 1st Bn., 171st Avn. Regt. downrange.

Several service members wore a black sleeve with names of the service members to give remembrance to the fallen during the welcome home ceremony.

(Editor’s Note: Anthony is with Public Affairs, HIARNG, and Undan is with Logistics Solutions Group Inc., 3302nd Mobilization Support Battalion.)

 

 

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