Welcome Home Warrior Ceremony at LHS Sunday

These Army Reservists based out of the Londonderry Reserve Center had word they were coming home last summer when they were reassigned for a few additional months.  All members returned from this tour in October, without a single loss of life while in country.

81 returning members of the 655th Regional Support Group 167th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Londonderry, New Hampshire - Click for larger image

No bus, no line of screaming family and community members lining Bob Lincoln Way this time.  As the men and woman of the 167th arrived they did pass under the giant American Flag compliments of the Londonderry Fire Department.   Past service members lined the lobby with flags as friends and family entered for the ceremony at 10am Sunday January 24th.

About half the group were on a second or third tour overseas.  Originally arriving home in the fall this ceremony was a bit different as the speakers were not between loved ones and the service men and women after months apart for a change.

While  it would appear that condition would cause the welcome home, thanks and speeches to go on forever.  The presentations passed by quickly.  Personal commitments were made to help find jobs for those that do not have them from several speakers.  Governor Lynch of course offered his departments and staff to be there for anything needed, he gave a personal commitment to call on him directly should any of the 81 returning members of the 655th Regional Support Group 167th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion need assistance.

View all the action including the presentation of a very special flag for all members of the 167th that have been on two or more tours.  The entire time the unit was serving overseas they never did fly the American Flag.  For a full screen display of this slide show visit our Londonderry Darkroom.

For a complete list of every Soldier mobilized of the 167th CSSB for this mission and the History of the 167th read the rest of the story.

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Marines arrive Home Tonight to Londonderry

Marines from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, based out of Londonderry are scheduled to return Friday April 10th from a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Family and friends will gather to welcome 52 of their Marines home at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Londonderry at 64 Harvey Road. The Marines are scheduled to arrive at the Reserve Center at approximately 9 pm. Their arrival will be tempered by weather and traffic so the center will be open to the public from 6 pm through the Marines arrival, welcome, and departure.

7:21 UPDATE; One word from the troops “Home” that was all they said to the MA State Troopers, reports are the convoy is at a high rate of speed and should be here at 8pm or soon after.

This event is open to the community arrive at the center located on Harvey Road just north of Stonyfield and south of Pettengill Road (Runway 35) no sooner than 6pm. Enter on the south driveway.

Service members returning to Londonderry, NH are from all over the New England area. Company B if comprised of service members from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Londonderry, New Hampshire Armed Forces Reserve Center

In order to let the Marines go home with their families and get some well deserved time off, there will be no speeches, activities, or events other than cheering and well wishes when they get off the bus.

The primary mission for the Marines while they were in Iraq was to conduct counter-insurgency operations and training and mentoring for Iraqi Security Forces.

The Londonderry Marines deployed to Iraq as part of 1st Battalion’s sister battalion, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, which is based in Garden City, New York. The majority of the Londonderry Marines continued their training stateside, in preparation for future mobilizations and deployments. 1st Battalion returned from a deployed to Iraq in late 2006.

For some of the Marines, this mobilization was their second tour in Iraq.

The 25th Marine Regiment is comprised mainly of Reserve Marines and Sailors, although active-duty personnel are assigned to each unit to oversee training, administration and site support.