KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Memorial Day is a time for Americans to remember service members who gave their lives for their country. For the family members of one U.S. Army Reserve unit, this Memorial Day held an additional military meaning.

The 21st Theater Sustainment Command's 1177th Movement Control Team, 7th Civil Support Command returned to Kaiserslautern after a nine-month deployment during a redeployment ceremony at the Kaiserslautern Community Activity Center May 26.

The 18 Soldiers, noncommissioned officers and officers conducted personnel and cargo movement operations in several locations throughout Afghanistan including Forward Operating Base Shank, Kandahar Airfield and Bagram Air Field. During their deployment, the MCT processed 13,000 military and civilian passengers, coordinated 3,200 fixed and rotary wing missions, redeployed cargo from multiple forward operating bases and conducted customs inspections for redeploying units.

"To the Soldiers from the 1177th Movement Control Team, on behalf of the entire 7th Civil Support Command, welcome home and job well done," said Col. Kevin M. Sanders, the deputy commanding officer of the 7th CSC.

After a brief speech, the Soldiers of the 1177th MCT were finally reunited with their families.

"I am so glad he is home. We have waited for such a long time," said Victoria Rodriguez, daughter of Capt. George Rodriguez, the 1177th MCT commander. "We are all just so happy that he is home safe."