La. soldiers make it home for Thanksgiving

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Posted: Nov 26, 2009 4:06 PM by Anna Brown
Updated: Nov 26, 2009 4:59 PM
Source: Louisiana National Guard

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Topics: Thanksgiving, Louisiana National Guard, 415th Military Intelligence Battalion, Afghanistan, Major General Bennett C. Landreneau

Eight soldiers made it home for Thanksgiving after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.

Louisiana Army National Guard's 415th Military Intelligence Battalion was greeted by Major General Bennett C. Landreneau, the adjutant general of the LANG, and other leadership as they stepped off the helicopters to a crowd of cheering family and friends on Thanksgiving Eve, only minutes before midnight.

The soldiers were welcome home during a special reception at Louisiana Aircraft LLC.

"These Guardsmen stepped up to our nation's call to protect our freedom," said Landreneau. "Therefore, we owed it to them to do everything we could to get them home in time to celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their families."

The unit was responsible for conducting tactical intelligence collection missions and gathering important enemy intelligence while conducting interviews in a joint interrogation facility.

"I am so thankful to have him back for the holiday, safe and sound," said Patsy Becker, the Baton Rouge mother of Staff Sgt. Garrick St. Romain. "What can I say...I'm just proud of my son!"

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