60 ‘Raiders’ return home
Spc. Nathaniel Bell Kirkland embraces his daughter, Nadine, Dec. 11 during the redeployment ceremony for the 977th MP Co. at the alert holding facility.
Story by: Pamela Redford
1ST INF. DIV. POST
About 60 Soldiers from the 977th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade, 1st Infantry Division returned to Fort Riley Dec. 11 during a redeployment ceremony at the alert holding facility on post.
The "Raiders" were welcomed home by Family members and loved ones, many of whom held banners and signs expressing their joy at the reunion. The 977th MP Co. was deployed to Afghanistan since December 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
As soon as the platoon was formed, they were dismissed to join their Families.
Shelda Kirkland and her 4-year old daughter, Nadine Bell Kirkland, eagerly searched for their Soldier, Spc. Nathaniel Bell Kirkland, in the crowd of happy Families. Once reunited, the trio hugged each other tightly for several moments.
"We're looking forward to being a Family again and being able to do those Family things you do together like put up your Christmas tree," Shelda said, smiling.
Nathaniel said he was feeling "a little too excited" about the reunion, before taking off for a special appointment with his wife and daughter.
The first stop: "Ice cream! She's going to take me for ice cream," he said, as Nadine broke into a grin.