536th SMC redeploys from 9-month Afghanistan mission

| April 11, 2014 | 0 Comments
Spc. Erin Sherwood, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Support and maintenance Soldiers of the 536th SMC embrace family members at a redeployment ceremony, April 3. The large welcoming crowd gave the returning warriors a warm reception after their nine months in Afghanistan.

Spc. Erin Sherwood, 45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
Support and maintenance Soldiers of the 536th SMC embrace family members at a redeployment ceremony, April 3. The large welcoming crowd gave the returning warriors a warm reception after their nine months in Afghanistan.

8th Theater Sustainment Command
Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Friends and family members flooded the 536th Support Maintenance Company’s parking lot, holding homemade welcome home signs and bushels of lei, as Soldiers reunited with their families, here, April 3, following a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

While in Afghanistan, the unit conducted quality assurance and control operations in support of multiple regional commands, said Lt. Col. James Droppleman, commander, 524th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde., 8th Theater Sust. Command.

The 524th CSSB returned from their nine-month Afghanistan deployment a month prior.

The 536th enabled retrograde operations and inspected and repaired nearly 10,000 work orders, enabling recovery operations, explained Droppleman.

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“It is a great pleasure to see you all gathered here to welcome our Soldiers home to Hawaii,” said Droppleman, addressing the friends and family gathered to welcome the redeploying 536th. “It was your strength and unwavering support that allowed our Soldiers to focus on their task at hand while downrange.”

The crowd’s enthusiasm built as their Soldiers marched toward them. When released, the two crowds crashed into each other in a wave of tears, hugs and kisses.

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“It’s so great to be back,” said Sgt. Michael Mahoney. “I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my family.”

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