Not one soldier injured in long deployment
Safe and sound that's how every member of the 761st Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Company arrived back at Fort Sill on Sunday after nine months in Afghanistan.
"761st Ordnance, welcome back to the United States of America!" Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commanding general of Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence, greeted the troops as a cheer went up from the crowd.
"We've just got to thank you for the mission you did. A tough mission in a tough area, Kandahar. Pretty amazing 182 combat missions, 11,500 pounds of explosives destroyed. Who knows how many people you saved by destroying all those explosives, and you did it all without losing a soldier or having a soldier injured. We cannot thank you enough," McDonald said.
The general also thanked the families for their service.
Capt. Bradley Jarrett, company commander, said he is very thankful everyone came home safely.
"We were in Regional Command South, which is in the southern part of Afghanistan," he said.