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.
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.