|SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii, Sept. 6, 2005 -- The 17th Corps Support Battalion is home at Schofield Barracks from Operation Iraqi Freedom.
And soldiers received enthusiastic welcome-home greetings from families and friends as they entered the Martinez Gymnasium Aug. 26.
Signs reading, "Welcome home troops!" and "We missed you daddy!" were held high by children, friends and family members awaiting the arrival of their loved ones.
|"I've got to tell you that you should be very, very proud of what you have done for the global war on terrorism."
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon
"It feels like Christmas time," said Tracy Fountain, wife of U.S. Army Capt. Chris Fountain, assigned to the 17th Corps Support Battalion, in reaction to her reunion with her husband.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon, commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and U.S. Army, Hawaii, addressed the battalion's deployment accomplishments.
"I have viewed your accomplishments while you have been deployed," said Mixon. "I've got to tell you that you should be very, very proud of what you have done for the global war on terrorism."
During their deployment, the troops drove more than 1.15 million miles and delivered more than 2.26 million gallons of fuel and more than eight million gallons of water.