Soldiers return from deployment
November 12, 2009
FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- For the past year, Spc. Teresa House has been assigned to Camp Shelby, Miss., and Fort Bragg, N.C. to train deploying Soldiers.
Saturday, House was reunited with her family, including 17-month-old son Zachary, during a ceremony for members of the 2nd Battalion, 345th Combat Support Regiment.
House was among 33 Soldiers of the Active Component, Reserve Component, or ACRC, unit of the 2-345th presented several mementos of appreciation, including encased
American flags with "Warrior Citizen" engraved on a small gold-like plate on the cases' triangular wooden frames.
Established in 2004, the Warrior Citizen Award program recognizes all Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers who serve admirably -- for 180 consecutive days or more -- while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle.
The recognition is for those assigned to units to train deploying Soldiers, as well as those who deployed overseas.
The Warrior Citizen ceremony recognizes civilian-Soldiers and their families and the sacrifices that both make to support the missions of the Army, said Col. Timothy Vuono, commander of the 157th Infantry Brigade and guest speaker at the ceremony.
"On any given day, (about) 50,000 National Guard and (about) 25,000 Army Reserve Soldiers are activated for war," Vuono told families and guests gathered at Anderson Street Chapel.
"Thank you for all you do, (thank you) for your endurance," he said. "And, thank you to your employers."
Saturday marked the official end to Sgt. 1st Class Cheryl Dorsey's deployment to the Middle East. She was among those Soldiers awarded for their effort and commitment.
Dorsey was stationed in Afghanistan for approximately 16 months. Dorsey said her deployment has been very trying for her family, especially her husband.
"It was kind of difficult, that was my third deployment and longest deployment," said
Dorsey, who also has an adult son.
Many of the Soldiers are mobilized for a year or more at a time, said Maj. Sheryl Attilee, battalion adjutant.
"It is really good that we recognize our Soldiers and their families and recognize their sacrifices throughout these deployments," Attilee said.
The 2-345th also remembered the Soldiers and families who were affected by the recent tragedy a Fort Hood, Texas, where 13 were killed and 29 were wounded in a shooting spree on Nov. 5.
Vuono, who was assigned to Fort Hood in 2001 as a 4th Infantry Division Artillery S3, held a moment of silence in honor of the victims.