Fort Bliss welcomes back some units of the Tenn. National Guard
Claudia P. Roberto,
DoMaD Public Affairs:
About 300 Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard landed at Biggs Army Airfield Aug. 5 and 8 after a 10-month tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Soldiers of the 230th Engineer Battalion and 913th Engineer Company touched down at Fort Bliss and were greeted by the assistant adjutant general of the Tennessee Army National Guard, Maj. Gen. Robert A. Harris, and commander of the 194th Engineer Brigade, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey H. Holmes. A long line of other unit representatives, along with the Directorate of Mobilization and Deployment Command Group, were all a part of the welcome committee to greet Soldiers as they exited the plane.
Soldiers from the cities of Trenton and Union City, Tenn., deployed from Fort Bliss in August last year. This was the first deployment for the 230th Engineering Battalion and the second for the 913th Engineer Company. The units were primarily responsible for constructing living facilities, roadways, tactical operations centers and command headquarters in the areas of Kuwait, Afghanistan, Qatar and Bahrain in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq.
“We’ve completed about $4 million worth of construction on forward operation bases all over Kuwait, which everyone contributed to a successful mission,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Anthony L. Clark, construction engineering technician for the 230th Engineer Bn.
Soldiers are currently going through the demobilization process at Fort Bliss. The Army standard allows up to 14 days to complete the demobilization process. DoMaD has streamlined the process, cutting it down to about eight to nine days allowing the Soldiers to get home to their families. Although the process is shortened, DoMaD ensures full accountability and satisfaction for all out-processing requirements, so the Soldier and his or her family are taken care of.
Harris gave a quick brief to his Soldiers, welcoming them back and congratulating them for their outstanding service to the country. He said he was extremely proud that out of 352,000 Army National Guard Soldiers, the 230th Engineer Bn. is being recognized at this year’s National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Reno, Nev.
Next month, the battalion commander of the 230th Engineer Bn., Lt. Col. Stephen W. Jaco, and the battalion command sergeant major, Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy J. Madison, will receive the Reckord Trophy. This award is presented to the outstanding Army National Guard battalion that achieves the highest standards of training and readiness. The Reckord Trophy is considered one of the highest peacetime awards given to National Guard units.
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