Making history

History detachment welcomed home by National Guard

Sgt. 1st Class Shelda Marie Sternberg, left, is greeted and welcomed back by co-worker Sgt. Maj. Joyce Hart, after an official welcome home ceremony Friday. Four members making up the 135th Military History Detachment of the Missouri National Guard returned and were dismissed from duty during a ceremony in the Fallen Warrior Memorial Auditorium.

Sgt. 1st Class Shelda Marie Sternberg, left, is greeted and welcomed back by co-worker Sgt. Maj. Joyce Hart, after an official welcome home ceremony Friday. Four members making up the 135th Military History Detachment of the Missouri National Guard returned and were dismissed from duty during a ceremony in the Fallen Warrior Memorial Auditorium. Photo by Julie Smith.

The story of the 101st Airborne Divisions’ mission in Afghanistan has been captured for history by the Missouri National Guard’s four-member 13th Military History Detachment.

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Brig. Gen. James Robinson, left, dismisses Maj. Donald Loethen, middle, and three other members making up the 135th Military History Detachment of the Missouri National Guard. They were in Afghanistan to record the service of the 101st Airborne Division.

The unit received a welcome home ceremony Friday at the Ike Skelton Training Site.

The detachment analyzed activities and collected data and historical information, which was sent to the U.S. Army Center for Military History.

While deployed, they re-engineered how they collect history. The unit conducted more than 500 individual interviews and collected more than three terabytes of historical information, which is triple what any previous Military History Detachment had accomplished.

The 135th Military History Detachment was created in the 1980s, making Missouri one of the first states to receive such a unit.

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