Harrisburg, PA, January 26, 2006 --(PR.com
)-- About 100 Soldiers from C Company, 365th Engineer Battalion, from Scranton, Pa. have returned home from Iraq and will be conducting a Welcome Home Warrior Ceremony at Fort Indiantown Gap (FIG), Pa., tomorrow.
The ceremony, designed to recognize each returning Army Reserve Soldiers from yearlong deployments in Afghanistan or Iraq, will be held at FIG’s Sports Arena as soon as the unit arrives from its de-mobilization site at Fort Benning, Ga. It is expected to begin after arrival, with an ETA of 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., January 26. All area media outlets are invited and urged to attend. Families will be waiting to greet the returning troops.
The unit served in split locations in Iraq, with sites at Baghdad, Yusafiya and Taji. The 365th was responsible for more than 50 construction projects ranging from land site development, infrastructure repair, drainage, vertical and horizontal construction as well as contingency engineering. All projects were directed by and in support of the Multi-National Corps, Iraq and the Multi-National Division, Baghdad.
Four Soldiers in the unit were awarded the Purple Heart Medal; 55 Combat Action Badges and numerous Army Commendation and Army Achievement medals were also awarded. More than 20 Soldiers reenlisted during the tour.
Mr. David Tebo, South-central Pennsylvania Area Chairman of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, who is also a U.S. Army Ambassador, will participate in the Welcome Home Warrior Ceremony.
Public Affairs representatives from the FIF PAO will escort media and facilitate coverage. For additional information regarding FIG, please contact the FIG PAO at 717-861-8829.
DATE/TIME: Thursday, Jan. 26, following unit arrival estimated between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Fort Indiantown Gap (Pa.) Blue Mountain Pa. Sports Arena
For more information, contact FIG PAO at 717-861-8829.
NOTE: ALL MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES MUST PROVIDE PHOTO IDENTIFICATION AND PROOF OF MEDIA AFFILIATION – AN ESCORT WILL BE PROVIDED.
About Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve-ESGR
ESGR was established in 1972 by Presidential Proclamation to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment. ESGR provides employer awareness and recognition programs, human resources consultation, and Ombudsman (informal mediation) services to resolve employment issues with Guard and Reservist employees. Today ESGR operates through a network of more than 4,500 volunteers throughout 55 committees located in each state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Europe.
The Department of Defense tasks ESGR to ensure that employers understand their vital role in National Defense and to inform employers and their Guard and Reserve employees of their rights and responsibilities under Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) 38 USC Sections 4301-4333.
For more information on Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve in your area, call 1-800-336-4590 toll-free and visit ESGR on the web at www.esgr.mil