• Col. Pierre Gervais (right), 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, briefs Soldiers of the 377th MI Battalion while the battalion commander stands by. Approximately 40 of the battalion's Soldiers deployed to Kuwait 10 months ago and returned to U.S. soil via Robert Gray Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, June 14.  (U.S. Army photo by Gregory Ripps)

    Briefs

    Col. Pierre Gervais (right), 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, briefs Soldiers of the 377th MI Battalion while the battalion commander stands by. Approximately 40 of the battalion's Soldiers deployed to Kuwait 10 months ago and returned to...

  • Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, welcomes home to the United States a Soldier bearing the colors of the 377th Military Intelligence Battalion. Forty members of the battalion flew from Kuwait to Robert Gray Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, June 14 after a 10-month deployment overseas. (U.S. Army photo by Gregory Ripps)

    Welcomes colors

    Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, welcomes home to the United States a Soldier bearing the colors of the 377th Military Intelligence Battalion. Forty members of the battalion flew from Kuwait to Robert Gray Army...

  • Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, shakes hands with and simultaneously "coins" Lt. Col. Ruben McCoy, who led a contingent of Soldiers from the 377th MI Battalion during a 10-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn. Looking on is 1st Sgt. Gary Schmal, the ranking noncommissioned officer for the deployment. (U.S. Army photo by Gregory Ripps)

    Coins commander

    Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, shakes hands with and simultaneously "coins" Lt. Col. Ruben McCoy, who led a contingent of Soldiers from the 377th MI Battalion during a 10-month deployment in support of Operation...

  • Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, welcomes home to the United States a Soldier bearing the colors of the 377th Military Intelligence Battalion. Forty members of the battalion flew from Kuwait to Robert Gray Army Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas, June 14 after a 10-month deployment overseas. (U.S. Army photo by Gregory Ripps)

    First off

    Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th Military Intelligence Brigade commander, welcomes home to the United States a Soldier bearing the colors of the 377th Military Intelligence Battalion. Forty members of the battalion flew from Kuwait to Robert Gray Army...

Some 40 Soldiers of the 377th Military Intelligence Battalion celebrated Flag Day and the U.S. Army's birthday by returning to U.S. soil June 14.

A charter flight carried the Soldiers directly from Kuwait to Robert Gray Airfield, Fort Hood, Texas. However, the Soldiers still have a ways to travel before reaching home. The 377th MI Battalion, a Reserve component unit aligned to the 470th MI Brigade headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is headquartered in Orlando, Fla.

On hand at the airfield's Larkin Terminal to welcome the returning troops were Brig. Gen. Duffy, commander of Military Intelligence Readiness Command; Col. Pierre Gervais, 470th MI Brigade commander; and Lt. Col. John Harris, 377th MI Battalion commander.

The 40 Reserve Soldiers originally deployed in August 2011 as part of a 70-Soldier contingent in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (now Operation New Dawn). About 30 of the Soldiers were detached to comprise a task force in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; the detachment returned to the United States at an earlier date.

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