Ordnance Soldiers return from Afghanistan
June 25, 2012
FORT LEE, Va. - Nine Soldiers assigned to the 16th Ordnance Battalion, 59th Ordnance Brigade, returned home June 25, to family and friends after a five month assignment in Afghanistan.
The Soldiers, all instructors with the U.S. Army Ordnance School's Wheeled Vehicle Recovery Specialist Course, volunteered to train fellow Soldiers in current recovery operation techniques in a tactical environment.
"The criticality of the mission this team accomplished is beyond words," said Lt. Col. Steven N. Carozza, 16th Ordnance Battalion commander. "Having served in Afghanistan, I know that the recovery operations training these instructors provided directly impacted the ability of the Soldiers and units to safely and effectively accomplish their mission."
During their deployment, the team trained 295 students over 22 classes in vehicle recovery. To accomplish this, the Soldiers provided more than 1,700 hours of continuous training. They were also responsible for creating a realistic training range and maintaining training assets worth more than $2 million.