Fort Riley, Kansas



Soldiers From 82nd Medical Company Welcomed Home

By SGT Nicole Clarke | 1st Infantry Division | May 04, 2007

Spc. Kristy Green and her two children were standing in the front of the crowd waving flags for Spc. Brandon Green, Nov. 1. She and numerous other family members and friends waited for the 150 Soldiers of the 82nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance) to walk into Long Fitness Center for the Redeployment Ceremony.

Its 3 oclock in the morning, and Im happy to have my daddy home, said Jayden Green, son of Spc. Kristy and Spc. Brandon Green.

As the Soldiers entered the fitness center, they were welcomed by a loud and ecstatic cheering crowd of family, friends and Kansas State University students.

Once the Soldiers were in formation, Maj. Gen. Carter Ham, commanding general, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, spoke to the Soldiers and the crowd.

``Thanks for your service, your sacrifice and especially for the families who have sacrificed so much over this past year, saidHam. You have a different patch on today than when you left, and I am very proud to see that. All of us are proud to see that because you truly have lived up to the division motto of No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great Duty First!

The Soldiers were then released to their families and friends.

Its great to have him home. Today is Orions birthday, and I am glad to have him home for that, said Kristy.

Brandon echoed, Its great. There is no other feeling like it to be home on my sons birthday. The first thing I want to do with my family is get reacquainted and spend some time together -- much needed time.

Between Kristy and Brandon, they have been deployed five times in five years. Kristy was deployed to Thailand and Bosnia, and Brandon has been to Iraq three times with the 82nd Med. Co.

Brandon and his family were one of many families reunited at the ceremony who have been with the unit for all three deployments.

Tears streamed down Kira Fidlers face as she embraced her husband, Sgt. Jerry Fidler.

Its great to have him home, said Kira.

He is home in time for his daughter, Ellas birthday, said Kira. Her birthday is on Veterans Day. Jerry deployed two days before his daughter was born.

The first thing we plan to do as a family is have dinner with our family that is here, said Jerry. (Story by Sgt. Nicole Clarke, 1st Infantry Division Public Affairs Office)

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