KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- After a nine month deployment to Qatar, the Troops of 21st Theater Sustainment Command's, 1st Human Resource Support Center are finally home. On Dec. 8 the returning 31 troops were greeted by family and friends at the Ramstein Passenger Terminal on Ramstein Air Force Base where their Welcome Home ceremony took place.
1st HRSC deployed to Qatar in March 2016 in support of the Atlantic Resolve mission.
Among the many guest who attended the ceremony were 21st TSC's Chaplain Capt. Pawel Zemczak with the ceremony's invocation, 21st TSC Col. Gregory Bunn as the honorary guest speaker, and 1st HRSC's Director Col. Thomas Seifert sharing the deployment's accomplishment.
The accomplishment highlighted during the ceremony included 16 promoted troops, ranging from major to specialist. The unit was also able to sustain and operate a twenty-four hour Casualty Assistance Center where their mission was to provide timely and accurate professional service for the next-of-kin of critically injured, ill or deceased Soldiers. "I am happy to report that our unit returned home with zero casualties." Seifert expressed.
The unit also was responsible for personnel accountability for more than 70 thousand personnel within their location.
Though unable to attend the ceremony, 21st TSC Commanding General Maj. Gen. Duane A. Gamble and Command Sgt. Maj. Alberto Delgado provided a prerecorded welcome home video to the troops and their families.
"I know you all understand the meaning of hardship. But times like this, remind me of the selfless sacrifice of your families. They were essential to the completion of your mission. They served as the backbone while you were gone." Gamble shared.
The celebration concluded with a ceremonial cake cutting and the returning Soldiers finally being able to embrace their families.
A tearful reunion for many of the family members, Chief Warrant Officer Jamie Suttor one of the returning Soldiers, shared how the highlight of the day was finally being able to see her husband and kids. "It feels amazing, especially since I missed Thanksgiving and my birthday was last week. We are just going to roll it up in one and have a big celebration." shared Suttor.