The 155th Coming Home
Another 126 members of the Army National Guard's 155th Brigade Combat Team arrived in Gulfport yesterday. This is the second wave in as many days of those returning from Iraq. There are signs all along the streets of Gulfport welcoming these men and women home. They are proud of what they accomplished in Iraq.
"It's a big relief and a joy to be home," said Sgt. Anthony Sheets of Louisville. "I'm glad we had an opportunity to go and help the world and the people of Iraq. Now, I'm going to take off a lot of time and do a lot of hunting and fishing."
Speaking for his fellow guardsmen as well as himself, Sgt. 1st Class Ralph Pee of Kosciusko said, "Everybody was really ready to get home. I know we did a lot of good over there, but it was just time for us to get back. It's just great to be here. That's the only word I can give."
Gen. Ike Pylant, assistant adjutant general for the Mississippi National Guard, said. "It's a lot better over there since they were there. They did a good job and really helped to rebuild many schools and much of the infrastructure. We're just sorry we're not going to be able to get all of them back before Christmas."SunHerald
The 155th has 4,000 members, 3,500 are from Mississippi. Last year 24 were killed in Iraq, 14 of those from Mississippi. All of the members should be home sometime after the New Year.
Welcome home guys and job well done!!