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Staff Sgt. Francisco Huereque Jr., a maintenance chief with Company A, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle unit of the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, greets his children, Cheyenne, 9, Nicole, 7, and Ian, 3, at his platoon’s welcome home ceremony on Tuesday in Würzburg, Germany.

Staff Sgt. Francisco Huereque Jr., a maintenance chief with Company A, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle unit of the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, greets his children, Cheyenne, 9, Nicole, 7, and Ian, 3, at his platoon’s welcome home ceremony on Tuesday in Würzburg, Germany. (Cameron Porter / Courtesy of U.S. Army)

Two weeks after the 1st Infantry Division held its official welcome home ceremony, the last members of the division have made it back from Iraq.

A small crowd was on hand Monday at Larson Barracks in Würzburg, Germany, as members of Company A of the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion’s Tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Platoon returned from its yearlong deployment to Iraq.

The platoon flew more than 3,000 hours on more than 700 missions during the deployment, according to a 1st ID news release.

“I’d say they were the best UAV platoon out there as far as missions flown, hours flown and safety,” Capt. Richard McDonald, company commander, was quoted as saying in the news release.

Lt. Col. Frank Hall, battalion commander, spoke to UAV team members at the welcome home ceremony.

“History will forever be thankful for your service,” he stated in the release. “Your mission in Iraq is complete.”

Parts of the 1st Infantry Division started rotating back to Germany following the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq. Most of the units returned home in March and April, with basewide homecoming celebrations taking place in communities such as Vilseck, Schweinfurt and Bamberg.

The division-wide ceremony was May 16 in Kitzingen, more than two weeks before the last of its unit came home.


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