Category: Deployed Forces
At a potluck dinner and Family Readiness Group meeting, here, Jan. 21, 307th Expeditionary Signal Battalion members welcomed new Soldiers, enjoyed camaraderie and provided support to one another, as they had during Alpha Company’s recent nine-month deployment.
After nearly 70 hours of travel, including a one-day flight delay from Manas, Kyrgyzstan, and a layover in Baltimore the night before, the walk through the airport terminal to baggage claim, where even more Soldiers and friends awaited the MPs’ arrival, signaled the happy conclusion to a nine-month deployment overseas.
“As our nation’s defense focus shifts to the Pacific, it will be the 311th that will provide the example of communications readiness for the rest of the Army,” said Maj. Gen. LaWarren Patterson, commander, Signal Center of Excellence.
The 130th Engineer Brigade, currently serving as the Theater Engineer Brigade, Joint Task Force Sapper, is overseeing construction operations and upgrades in and around one of the Bagram Air Force Base’s Entry Control Points (ECP).
13,000 U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are engaged in the relief effort. Troops have delivered 1,300 tons of relief supplies, logged nearly 1,000 flight hours moving 1,200 relief workers into Tacloban, and airlifted more than 8,000 survivors out of affected areas.