Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico- Approximately, 100 Soldiers assigned to the 301st Military Police Company, US Army Reserve-Puerto Rico, arrived to the island July 20, 2013, after spending nine months deployed in Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, one of the largest U.S. military bases in that country.
The local troops conducted correctional operations at a detention center in Afghanistan, where hundreds of Taliban members are currently being held, a critical mission now that combat operations are being led by Afghan troops.
According to recent news reports, there are 63,000 US troops in Afghanistan. Combat operations are expected to cease by the end of 2014.
"Our troops provided security and protection to the detainees in a humane way, always respecting their human rights," said Sgt. 1st Class. Carlos Alvarado, senior noncommissioned officer in the returning group.
An energized group of Family members gathered at the Fort Buchanan community center parking
lot to receive the Soldiers.
The Soldiers now begin their reintegration phase, which includes a deliberate plan for ensuring the well-being of service members and their Families as they reunite after a deployment.
The Army Reserve-Puerto Rico has mobilized approximately 5000 troops since 2001, in support of the war against terrorism.
There are currently approximately 400 local troops mobilized in Afghanistan and other countries around the world.
The safe return of these PR troops represents a clear example of the efficient pre-mobilization program of the Army Reserve and the strength of the Soldiers and their Families.