359th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade return to US soil
By Staff Sgt. Wilson A. Rivera, 359th Theater Tactical Signal BrigadeApril 14, 2011
Joint Base McGuire-Dix, N.J. - (April 3, 2011) More than 100 Soldiers with the 359th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade, based out of Fort Gordon, Ga., returned on U.S. soil April 3after 11 months deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan.
The unit\'s mission consisted of managing three networks over 1,700 servers, 200 satellite links, two subordinate expeditionary signal battalions and a U.S. Air Force engineering and installation squadron to form the core of the Joint Network Operations Control Center-Afghanistan.
"You make the signal mission happen," said Brig. Gen. James T. Walton, 335th Signal Command (Theater) deputy commander.
Soldiers were welcomed home to a warrior's breakfast sponsored by local New Jersey Veteran organizations and their accomplishments recognized with a Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen Award Ceremony. The ceremony recognizes citizen-Soldiers who place their lives on hold to serve their nation.
As Soldiers complete their demobilization process to be released from active duty, they undergo medical processing to identify any health problems or injuries and are offered employer support and career assistance for their transition into civilian life and rejoining their families.
"Feel free the next few days to address any issues and express any concerns to your leadership," said Capt. Gervis Carlisle, Headquarters and Headquarters Company commander. "If you had any situations back home, they may be even different than you thought."
President George W. Bush and Congress created the Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen Award Program in 2004 to acknowledge service abroad by Soldiers in the Army Reserve. The award consists of a personalized, encased American flag, a yellow Welcome Home Warrior-Citizen flag, an Army Reserve Soldier lapel set and a specially-designed commemorative coin.