White Sands Missile Range, NM (KTSM) — Friends and family of over eighty Soldiers filled the White Sands Missile Range Bell Gymnasium on Sunday evening. The soldiers returned from a nine month deployment in Afghanistan.
“We thank each and every one of you for the work you did in the country of Afghanistan on behalf of a grateful nation. We owe you a debt of gratitude,” said WSMR Commanding General (P) Gwen Bingham. “Today we celebrate you, knowing that this marks the end of the 2nd Engineer Battalion’s deployed Soldiers. As of today all of our men and women that are serving on WSMR are united.”
The Soldiers were part of the 40th Mobility Augmentation Company who deployed to Afghanistan in January. The first group of over forty Soldiers arrived home September 21. This homecoming marks the final return for the Soldiers of the 2nd Engineer Battalion this year.