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CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - The Second Platoon of Charlie Company, 1/34th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, attached to the 1st Squadron, 94th Cavalry, returned to Camp Buehring, Kuwait, Dec 15 to mark the end of the company's mission into Iraq.

Upon completion of their mission, 10 gun trucks operated by 2nd Platoon Soldiers of Charlie Company, 1/34th BSTB drove into their home station at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

With orders to go directly to the Armor of God, a large overhang in which pre-mission inspections are completed, the Soldiers cleared their weapons and proceeded down the gravel road As they made their turn, chemical luminescent sticks (chem-sticks) whirled around on strings above the remaining Charlie Company Soldiers' heads that lined the 200-meter path to the overhang Many chem-sticks were thrown onto the trucks, giving them an evergreen glow



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The trucks pulled in and as the Soldiers exited their mine resistant armor protected vehicles they were greeted with handshakes, smiles, and music Each member of the company was afforded one non-alcoholic beverage Some had brought congratulatory cigars.

After some brief socializing, the company commander, Capt Peter DeCrans, called everyone to gather around him DeCrans explained the nature of the celebration to the company.

The return of 2nd Platoon had marked the completion of the company's final convoy escort mission to Iraq The squadron compiled over one million miles and moved thousands of truckloads out of the combat zone The mission was declared a great success and milestone in the history of the unit

After the gathering, the Soldiers lingered a while to exchange stories and enjoy the celebration With much still to do, the returning platoon continued on with their typical after-mission routines of fueling up and parking the trucks, unloading gear, and turning in sensitive items.

With convoy operations completed by Dec 31, the company will look to focus on training for the remainder of the tour Proficiency in weapons, warrior, and military occupation specialty skills will be emphasized

15 Dec, 2011
By 1st Brigade Combat Team




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