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Soldiers return after nearly year-long deployment

Soldiers return after nearly year-long deployment

March 18th, 2011 by Nancy K. Lane in News

Maj. Gen. Stephen Danner, the Missouri National Guard adjutant general, pins Chief Warrant Officer 2 Leif Strand with the Joint Service Commendation Medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster award during a ceremony at the Ike Skelton Training Center on Thursday.

Photo by Deborah Cote

The Missouri National Guard welcomed home 10 soldiers from the 4175th Military Police Detachment at a ceremony Thursday at the Ike Skelton Training Site in Jefferson City.

The unit, which had been deployed for nearly a year, conducted criminal investigations for the Army in both Iraq and Afghanistan, said team commander Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tim Forney of Hannibal.

"Although the mission was rewarding, I'm ready to go home to see my family," said Forney, who was joined by his wife, Kimberly, and children Eric, Noah and Jake. "I am extremely thankful that we all made it back to our families."

The Fulton-based detachment is made up of soldiers from across Missouri including Jefferson City, Columbia, O'Fallon, High Ridge, Hannibal and St. Charles. The unit deployed in two sections - one in May 2010 and the other in July.