Local soldiers receive welcome in Anchorage

by Trim Nick on January 14, 2013

Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers with B Company, 1-143rd Infantry Airborne Regiment salute. Photo by Maj. Guy Hayes, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs Office

Over 120 Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers with the B or Bravo Company, based out of Bethel, were honored at a welcome home ceremony this weekend in Anchorage. The National Guardsmen from the 1-143rd Infantry Airborne Regiment returned home in November after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

While overseas, the Alaska Guardsmen provided security forces for provincial reconstruction teams, operating in dangerous areas rebuilding infrastructure and providing healthcare.

The ceremony honoring the returned troops will be held at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage on Sunday, and will include remarks by Gov. Sean Parnell, and the presentation of three Bronze Star Medals and one Purple Heart Medal.

Capt. Jason Caldwell and 1st Sgt. Stephen Blair salute Lt. Col. Emma Thyen, 761st Military Police Battalion commander, after uncasing B Company, 1-143rd Infantry Airborne Regiment unit colors during a welcome home ceremony Jan. 13. Photo by Maj. Guy Hayes, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs Office

Our hometown Guardsmen with the Bravo Company arrived back on American soil on November 8th. They were greeted at the plane by U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and Major General Thomas H. Katkus of the Alaska National Guard, before returning to their families and homes across Alaska in time for the holidays.

Alaska Army National Guard Soldiers with B Company, 1-143rd Infantry Airborne Regiment stand in formation during a welcome home ceremony at the Dena’ina Convention Center in Anchorage Jan. 13. Photo by Maj. Guy Hayes, Alaska National Guard Public Affairs Office


Among the deployed Soldiers are local members from Bethel, Chevak, Emmonak, Hooper Bay, Kipnuk, Kongiganak, Kwethluk, Marshal, Scammon Bay, Tuluksak and Upper Kalskag. Other members include Guardsmen from other regions throughout the State.

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