• WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Jacquelyn Farmer, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Robert Farmer, 25th Transportation Company, looks into the camera while being held by her father, following his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug.

    25th Trans. Co. comes home

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Jacquelyn Farmer, daughter of Sgt. 1st Class Robert Farmer, 25th Transportation Company, looks into the camera while being held by her father, following his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug.

  • HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -Members of the 25th Transportation Company are greeted by 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers and Hawaii-based Marines at Hickam Air Force Base, Aug. 14, following a 15-month deployment to the western portion of Iraq.

    25th Trans. Co. comes home

    HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -Members of the 25th Transportation Company are greeted by 8th Theater Sustainment Command Soldiers and Hawaii-based Marines at Hickam Air Force Base, Aug. 14, following a 15-month deployment to the western portion of Iraq.

  • HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii - Spc. Nicholas Hadley, a truck driver in the 25th Transportation Company, officially returns from Iraq as he signs his unit's duty roster before his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14.

    25th Trans. Co. comes home

    HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii - Spc. Nicholas Hadley, a truck driver in the 25th Transportation Company, officially returns from Iraq as he signs his unit's duty roster before his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14.

  • WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Jacquelyn Farmer grabs onto her father's leg, afraid he will leave again, following his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14. Farmer's father, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Farmer, is a truckmaster in the 25th Transportation Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. While deployed to western Iraq, the unit transported service members and equipment.

    25th Trans. Co. comes home

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Jacquelyn Farmer grabs onto her father's leg, afraid he will leave again, following his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14. Farmer's father, Sgt. 1st Class Robert Farmer, is a truckmaster in...

  • WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Pfc. Tierrine Wesley holds his 7-month-old son Junior for only the second time following his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14. Wesley is part of the 25th Transportation Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. While deployed to western Iraq, the unit transported service members and equipment.

    25th Trans. Co. comes home

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Pfc. Tierrine Wesley holds his 7-month-old son Junior for only the second time following his unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14. Wesley is part of the 25th Transportation Company, 8th Theater...

  • WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Family members of the 25th Transportation Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, shout with excitement during the unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14. While deployed, the more than 125 Soldiers transported fellow service members and equipment in western Iraq.

    25th Trans. Co. comes home

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Family members of the 25th Transportation Company, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, shout with excitement during the unit's welcome home ceremony at Wheeler Army Airfield, Aug. 14. While deployed, the more than 125...

<p>WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Shouts of excitement, cries of joy, and thunderous applause filled the air as friends and family welcomed home the more than 150 members of the 25th Transportation Company, Aug. 14. </P><p>Col. Clay Hatcher, commander of the 45th Sustainment Brigade, thanked Soldiers and their families for the hardship they endured during their 15-month deployment. </P><p>Based at Al Asad in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, the troops fulfilled their mission by driving 750,000 miles in more than 250 missions and transporting 50,000 tons of equipment and supplies, including freshwater and food, to troops stationed at outposts throughout the western region. </P><p>"The numbers are astonishing, and I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for a job well done," said Hatcher. </P><p>Zandra Kaaihue, wife of Staff Sgt. Diamond Kaaihue, a motor transportation operator with the company, said the deployment was tough on her children, but they created ways to deal with it. "I told my children that daddy's doing his job and will be home soon; we just have to pray," she said. </P><p>Her 5-year-old daughter even created her own prayer to bring her "daddy" home safely. </P><p>"We have family on the island and we're from here, which made everything a little easier," said Kaaihue, "but it's still a relief to have him back." </P><p>Other families traveled from across the ocean to welcome their Soldiers home. Sgt. Aaron Wallace, also a motor transportation operator, received a special visit from his parents, sister and grandmother, who came from Seattle for the occasion. </P><p>"We wouldn't have missed this," said Bruce Wallace, Aaron's father, who was previously stationed on the island during his enlistment in the Army. "I am proud of (Aaron) for all he has accomplished." </P><p>Aaron, who is returning from his second deployment, said he is looking forward to spending time with his family and enjoying the simple things life has to offer. </P><p>"I'm looking forward to eating some good food," he said. </P><p>In addition to their responsibilities in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Soldiers of the 25th Transportation Company continued to excel in other areas. </P><p>During the deployment, two noncommissioned officers were inducted into the prestigious Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, three roadmasters were awarded the St. Christopher's medallion, and one Soldier was awarded the Order of Samuel Sharpe for his excellence in the ordnance field.</P>

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