MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota National Guard’s C Battery, 1st Battalion and 194th Field Artillery Regiment will celebrate their return to Minnesota on Sunday.
“We are in charge of the land-based Phalanx weapon system. Our primary mission is to be a defensive asset in our particular position,” 1 explainsNS Lieutenant Will Hermanson.
The task sounds complicated.
“Any indirect fire to a fob or a base, we will destroy,” 1 statementNS Sergeant Dustin Olsen.
But the feeling when the Minnesota National Guard’s C-Team, 1st Battalion and 194th Field Artillery Regiment returns from Afghanistan and Iraq this summer, is something we can all empathize with.
“Tears are running, hugs are going on, we see kids running,” Hermanson said.
The return welcome continues officially Sunday in Alexandria.
“To come home and see it culminate in an event like this, it is heartwarming to witness,” said Captain C Battery Commander Tom Bowers. “This is why we are in the military, this is why we serve.”
Sgt. Olsen has returned from deployment and met her 6-month-old son Everett for the first time.
“Lots of fun. You can do FaceTime videos and all that but it just does so much,” Olsen said. “That first encounter with him and my wife, was very special to me.”
Many of the National Guardsmen and women returned on Sunday and started a new part of their lives.
Olsen says: “It was a positive thing for me to reintegrate into my family.
At Sunday’s ceremony, a reminder was issued for those who need help adjusting back to civilian life.
“Part of being a soldier, part of being part of this team here is understanding when you’re stressed and that you need help,” said Sergeant Commander, Major George Jenson said.
An important day for the waiters.
“It’s something that veterans of history don’t always have, so it’s really humbling to be a part of it,” Olsen said.