Warrior Brigade Soldiers honored during homecoming

| May 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

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Staff Sgt. Carlos Davis
Photos by Sgt. Christopher Hammond, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs

2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers assigned to 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, were honored at a homecoming ceremony, here, May 7.

For 120 days, the Warrior Brigade changed its area of operations, seven different times, in three different countries, while conducting humanitarian assistance projects, training in strenuous weather conditions and experiencing different culture backgrounds for the overall goal of building and rejuvenating the partnerships with multinational forces.

“Over the past three months, these Soldiers have operated in the jungles of Thailand with the Royal Thai Army, in the harsh winter climate of the Republic of Korea with the ROK army and in the sweltering heat of the Philippines, with the Philippine army,” said Capt. Ryan A. Baum, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd SBCT.

Air Force Staff. Sgt. Justen Ludowese, 1st Air Support Operations Group (attached to 2SBCT during Pacific Pathways), is embraced by his daughter Constance Rae Ludowese, upon returning from a three-month deployment to Thailand, Korea and the Philippines.

Photo by Sgt. Christopher Hammond, Air Force Staff. Sgt. Justen Ludowese, 1st Air Support Operations Group (attached to 2SBCT during Pacific Pathways), is embraced by his daughter Constance Rae Ludowese, upon returning from a three-month deployment to Thailand, Korea and the Philippines.

“While partnered with these nations’ armies,” Baum continued, “the Soldiers before you conducted three combined and joint arms live-fire exercises, flew over 781 flight hours and expended over a million rounds of ammunition.”

While operating in areas in the Pacific’s area of responsibility, from the Republic of Korea to the Republic of the Philippines, and participating in large-scale joint and combined training exercises and community projects, the Warrior Brigade successfully built everlasting relationships with local leaders and partnering armies.

“These Soldiers have forged relationships across the Pacific that will last a lifetime,” said Baum. “By gaining understanding of how our partners operate and increasing the interoperability between our forces, these Soldiers have strengthened these long-lasting partnerships and alliances.”

“To the commanders, to the leaders, to the Soldiers who are in the formations, and to the families, thank you so much for your sacrifices and the contributions that you all make,” said Maj. Gen. Charles A. Flynn, commander, 25th ID. “Thank you so much for being ambassadors: Sound, solid and true, and the perfect ambassadors for the mission that was at hand here in the Pacific and across the region.”

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