3rd BCT comes home: Last of ‘Bulldog’ Brigade returns from Afghanistan
Sgt. Barry St. Clair,
24th Press Camp Headquarters:
The last eight Soldiers assigned to Fort Bliss’ 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, landed just before 3 p.m. July 31 at Biggs Army Airfield.
The “Bulldog” Brigade Soldiers deployed in September 2011 to Wardak and Logar provinces in eastern Afghanistan to assist and train the Afghan army and police as part of the International Security Assistance Force.
The 3rd BCT has been redeploying during the month of July and this month’s trail party of eight were the last to arrive here.
Spc. Aimee Fry, a native of El Paso assigned to D Company, 125th Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd BCT, was met by her mother Joann Villa of El Paso, her grandmother Mary Villa of El Paso and her three children Angel Carillo, Absydee Martinez and Alvina Fry, and other family and friends.
Staff Sgt. Nofis Fry, assigned to the brigade’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, accompanied his wife Aimee during the last redeployment flight.
Capt. William Quickley, D Co. commander, was also one of the last eight to return here.
“I support my husband’s career choice and try to be a supportive wife,” said Shemeka Quickley while waiting indoors for her husband’s flight in the mid-afternoon summer heat.
Shemeka serves as the company family readiness group leader and was on hand to welcome her husband, and was accompanied by a friend of the family, Kristin Vidal.
Vidal has been married for more than 18 years to Staff Sgt. Vidal, an all-wheel mechanic with D Co. who returned July 29.
“We do the easy part,” said Shemeka. “The Soldiers do the hard part.”
The Soldiers of 3rd BCT will continue to conduct reintegration training ahead of their well-earned vacation in a couple of weeks.
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