Photo from 1457th
Two happy campers standing in their operation area in the Middle
East. These two soldiers will be returning with the rest of the
1457th in early May.
The 1457th Engineers received an unexpected change in their
plans today. According to officials at the Pentagon this morning, the unit has
officially been removed from the list of units being extended in Iraq, clearing
the way for its return to Utah in early May as originally scheduled. The change
in orders occurred as a result of a review and evaluation of what types of units
the Combatant Commander in theater felt he needed in order to accomplish the
announcement is good news to us and our military families," said Maj. Gen. Brian
Tarbet, the adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. "The unit has performed
brilliantly over the past year and we are excited to get our soldiers home."
soldiers here in Utah couldnt agree more. "Im ecstatic. I cant wait to see
them again," said Sgt. John Jackman who was deployed to Iraq with the 1457th
until November when he returned home due to a non-combat injury.
Naturally,1457th family members are elated at the news. Many began
receiving phone calls in the middle of the night from their loved ones in
thrilled," said Alyssa Wright. Her husband, Spc. Jared Wright, called her at
12:45 a.m. to share the news. "He said that they just got out of a meeting, and
it looked like they would be coming home in the next few weeks," she added. "He
didnt know why the decision had been made or how it came about, but it sounded
like the powers that be, somewhere, said they werent going to be needed after
returning to Utah, the 1457th will spend a few days at Ft. Lewis for
out-processing off of federal active-duty. Unit members will then fly home to
Utah to enjoy spending their remaining leave-time with their families and
small contingent of 1457th soldiers arrived back in Utah on Thursday,
April 22. Many of the soldiers had previously served on federal active-duty for
airport security missions prior to deploying to Iraq and were close to exceeding
their legal 24 month maximum.
of the 1457th served proudly and with distinction throughout its tour
in Iraq. It received numerous accolades for its commitment to duty and tireless
efforts on the war on terrorism.
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