Guardsmen: Attack on base created closer bond among team
Sunday, July 1, 2012
When Spc. Bryon Helton’s wife, Emily, heard his voice on the line two months ago, she said nothing and only cried out of joy and relief.
Days before, the Missouri National Guard Agricultural Development Team (ADT) VI Family Readiness Group had contacted her to say the base her husband was stationed at had been attacked, but that he was all right.
In the interim, she couldn’t help but think the worst, she told him over the phone.
Since the April 15 attack on Forward Operating Base Finley Shields, the ADT has seen some, like Helton, return home because of military downsizing and others, like Sgt. Maj. Phillip Lederle, reassigned to a different mission.
But the violent event created a closer connection among the team members and caused them to re-evaluate American benefits they may have taken for granted. Both Lederle and Helton look back on that April attack in the same way — things happen for a reason.