FORT BLISS, Texas - Returning home from a deployment from Iraq is one of the most joyous occasions in the Army.
Families are reunited, friends see each other again and Soldiers finally get a chance to relax after a long hardship.
The 377th Transportation Company, a part of the 180th Transportation Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade at Fort Hood, arrived at Biggs Airfield in the early morning hours of Nov. 14.
The Soldiers of this company departed Fort Bliss in August of 2007. During their time downrange, this unit supported nearly every division level command in theatre, operating primarily out of the Victory and TQ forward operating bases, said 1st Lt. Yumi Couper, the rear detachment commander for the 377th Trans. Co.
During the 14 months spent overseas, this company covered over 800,000 miles of convoy and transportation. They also completed 300 successful missions, all without loss of life, said Brig. Gen. Robert Woods, commander of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
"This is a high five moment for the family and friends of the 377th Trans," said Woods. "Having achieved their mission without serious injury or loss of life is a great accomplishment."
After a brief session of return inprocessing, the Soldiers were released to reunite with their families and friends.
"I was a part of 377 before they deployed," said Steve Pedroza. "I was in their rear detachment before I got out of the Army. It's really good to see all my friends home again."