25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, celebrated their redeployment with family and friends, Feb. 15, at the Nehelani, here.
The celebration honored the “Tropic Lightning” Soldiers who returned in December from a year-long deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn
At the start of the event, the unit’s coffee group, comprised of HHBN spouses, presented the Tropic Lightning command team a hand-made quilt as a token of their appreciation for their service in Iraq.
The quilt highlights various scenic locations in Hawaii.
Following the quilt presentation, the division and battalion colors of the 25th ID were uncased, officially marking the end of their combat mission.
“I just wanted to say how extremely proud I am of what you accomplished, and how extremely proud I am of your families and what they accomplished,” said Maj. Gen. Bernard Champoux, commander, 25th ID. “I know they always say it’s what (families) endure, but it’s really what they accomplish.
“This is exactly who we are,” Champoux continued, referencing the unit’s mission accomplishment. “This is what we do and I want you to know you do it very well. I am very proud to wear the same patch as you, and I am very proud of your service.”
Champoux also acknowledged the importance of the family members during the division’s recent deployment.
“I want the families to know there was no way we could have done it without you. There is no way we would have wanted to do it without you, and you share every accomplishment this division has (achieved),” Champoux added.
The brief and informal celebration included various prizes and gifts for Soldiers and their families, as well as a performance from the Polynesian Culture Center.