It will be an emotional day at Haymarket Park in Lincoln this morning. Lt. Col Kevin Hynes is the State Public Affairs Officer with the Nebraska National Guard and says around 90 soldiers assigned to the Lincoln based headquarters will be reunited with their friends and family after a nine month deployment to Iraq at 11 a.m.
They are members of the 1st Infantry Division Main Command Post – Operational Detachment, a new type of unit designed to enhance an active Army division headquarters staff during mobilization. Members were specialists in intelligence, legal affairs, infantry, artillery, aviation, signal, administration, military police, engineers, chemical, logistics and public affairs.
Lt. Col. Hynes says, “This unit actually stood up a year a go last spring. Did a number of exercises and then was mobilized with the 1st Infantry Division roughly around August of last year and deployed over to Iraq later that fall.”
Among the state and military officials expected to welcome the Soldiers home are Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Major General Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general.