After a year in Afghanistan, Kaiserslautern support unit comes home

By STEVE MRAZ | STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 14, 2006

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Brig. Gen. Scott G. West, commander of the 21st Theater Support Command, briefly teased friends, family members and loved ones of the 70 soldiers with the 29th Support Group who had just arrived home after their yearlong Afghanistan deployment.

“How many of you want to hear a long, boring speech today?” West asked, jokingly.

West kept his comments short, but did congratulate the soldiers for their deployment to Afghanistan, where they provided logistics support across Afghanistan.

During its deployment, the 29th Support Group headed the Joint Logistics Command, which was composed of 1,200 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines working logistics throughout Afghanistan.

For example, the unit supported provincial reconstruction teams in western Afghanistan, the closure of Karshi-Kanabad Air Base in Uzbekistan, flood relief in Afghanistan and earthquake relief in Pakistan, said Col. Walter Sawyer, commander of the 29th Support Group and former commander of the Joint Logistics Command.

“When their nation called, they were there,” Sawyer said of his soldiers. “History has been made, and now it’s time to finish the final chapter in this deployment.”

Shortly thereafter, the soldiers broke formation and were greeted with open arms by their loved ones.

Soldiers with the 29th Support Group assemble Monday during their welcome-home ceremony in Kaiserslautern.

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