Monday, December 12, 2011

Salem welcomes home the 1249th Engineer Battalion

111212-A-6497H-004 by oregonmildep
111212-A-6497H-004, a photo by oregonmildep on Flickr.

Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Peter Fritsch, of the 1249 Engineer Battalion, is welcomed home by his wife Dori, shortly after his unit’s return to the Salem Municipal Airport, in Salem, Ore., Dec. 12. Fritsch, of Camas, Wash., and approximately 125 of his fellow Soldiers were part of the second group to arrive on a direct flight to the Salem airport. The first group of 51 Soldiers arrived in Salem on Dec. 8. The unit's primary role during their 400-day deployment to Afghanistan was command and control, while providing support for Task Force Gridley. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Zach Holden, 115th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment).

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