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183rd home from Afghanistan

Spc. Christopher Garza, 183rd Maintenance Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, greets his wife, Melinda Garza, and meets his son, Christopher Jr., at a welcome-home ceremony Saturday.

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Ian Terry

43rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office

Nearly 200 Soldiers from the 183rd Maintenance Company, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, returned home Saturday from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

With sirens blazing, the Fort Carson Fire Department, the Colorado Springs Police Department and motorcycle riders from the Colorado Springs chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders, escorted the “Workhorse” Soldiers to the Special Events Center for an official welcome-home ceremony.

The company spent its deployment stationed at various forward operating bases and combat outposts throughout the southern and western regions

of Afghanistan, with the bulk of the Soldiers residing on Shindand Air Base near the country’s western border.

Sgt. 1st Class Jason R. Clemens, a battle captain for base defense on the air base with more than 20 years of service, said the 183rd was the first maintenance company to be positioned in western Afghanistan.

“I am very happy to be home,” said Clemens. “I did my job (downrange), and the effects of that will be felt for some time on Shindand Air Base.”

While in Afghanistan, the 183rd’s primary mission was to provide maintenance support for construction equipment and combat vehicles, as well as power generation and air-conditioning units. A group of Soldiers from the company volunteered to serve as a personal security detachment to help deliver thousands of pounds of food, water and supplies to coalition and Afghan troops in remote areas, as well as offer assistance to local civilians in need.

Spc. Jake M. McDermott, a wheeled vehicle mechanic, spent most of his time in Afghanistan as a driver and machine gunner on the PSD.

“It feels great (to be home),” said McDermott. “After a year of good work in Afghanistan, it’s great to be able to go out and live life again.”

Soldiers with the 183rd will now have some down time with friends and Family, regroup and start training again for their next opportunity to support and sustain warfighters.

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