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Camp Shelby 05/31/08

113th MPs Return from Iraq

By Kandiss Crone

Members of the 113th Military Police Company out of Brandon arrived home from Iraq this weekend. Soldiers were greeted with hugs and kisses from their loved ones. Some even held their newborn babies for the first time.

"We're just happy to be back home. We've accomplished a very difficult mission and we did our best and we definitely contributed to the well-being of the people of Iraq, specifically Samarra, Norweiga, and Ashaki, said First Lieutenant/Cmdr. William Austin."

First Lieutenant William Austin says that mission was to train the Iraqi Police on proper policing techniques, methods, and community policing similar to what's done in America.

Soldiers say one of the most difficult things about the nine month mission was being away from their families.

"It's hard, but you kind of get used to it. You know you need to do it so it's worth it in a way but, hard in other ways", said Private Ryan King.

It was especially difficult for Vicki Robbins. Her two sons were away serving in the 113th at the same time.

"I'm very proud of them, very proud mom. I support the military all the way, added Robbins."

Danny Ivy showed his support on his motorcycle as a member of the Freedom Riders.

He says escorting the 113th Military Police Company is one way he shows his gratitude to the soldiers for their service to our country.

"To show those that have served that we love them and care for them and respect, their service is something nobody can get enough thanks for. So we just want to thank them the best we could," said Ivy. 

When asked what they look forward to most...many of them said good food and... "A mattress, I've been sleeping on a cot for the past three weeks. That'd be nice", said Cpl. Robbins.

We should also mention two other homecomings....members of the 288th Engineering Battalion in Houston came home today.

Tomorrow troops in the Greenville-based 1387th Quartermaster Company are expected home.

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