Welcome home 2123rd Transportation Company

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Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Public Affairs Office

Photo by Staff. Sgt. Michael Oliver, Public Affairs Office

Family and friends of the 2123rd Transportation Company cheer for their Soldier as they arrive for the welcome home ceremony in Richmond, Ky., Feb. 4 after their tour in Afghanistan.

RICHMOND, Ky., (Feb. 4) — The Kentucky National Guard welcomed home more than 150 Soldiers from the 2123rd Transportation Company today at the First Baptist Church in Richmond, Ky.

The Soldiers returned after nearly a year in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be back home,” said Spc. DaRun Poe, 2123rd TC truck driver. “It’s been a long year and it’ll be nice to not see a tent or b-hut full of guys. I’m glad to be back home with my family.”

Spc. DaRun Poe, 2123rd Transportation Company truck driver, gives his little daughter, Arianna, a big hug after coming back from his deployment in Afghanistan at the welcome home ceremony in Richmond, Ky., Feb. 4.

The 2123rd TC conducted cargo transportation and armed escort for more than 150 convoys, safely traveling more than 600,000 miles throughout eastern Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Grayson and brother Sgt. Zach Grayson of the 2123rd Transportation Company, greet Kevin’s wife Whitney, at their welcome home ceremony in Richmond, Ky., Feb. 4.

“The 2123rd set a new standard while in Afghanistan,” said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky. “The 101st asked for this unit by name to execute the tough transportation missions and they were superb every time.”

This Kentucky Guard unit was responsible for delivering critical supplies and equipment to more than 20 different forward operating bases and combat outposts throughout the region.

Soldiers of the 2123rd Transportation Company stand at attention at their welcome home ceremony in Richmond, Ky., Feb. 4 after their tour in Afghanistan.

“As your Governor, former U.S. Army Reservist, and your commander in chief,” said Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, “I wanted to be here today and say, welcome home and job well done.”

The unit was directly engaged in combat more than 40 times. During the deployment, the Army awarded 18 Purple Hearts and more than 80 Combat Action Badges to the Soldiers assigned to the 2123rd TC for their actions in Afghanistan.

“Words do not express how proud I am to have served with you,” said Capt. John Moore, 2123rd TC commander addressing his troops during the ceremony.  “Our unit decorations speak for themselves. Be as proud of yourselves as I am proud of you.”

Please visit our official flickr page to view all the photos from this event:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kyngpao/

To see the media coverage of the 2123rd TC, please see the below links:

http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/115187864.html

http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/04/1622804/dozens-of-kentucky-guard-members.html

http://www.lex18.com/news/about-150-madison-county-national-guard-soldiers-return-home-from-afghanistan

http://richmondregister.com/localnews/x570481973/Home-sweet-home

http://www.wtvq.com/news/6956-soldiers-return-home-from-afghanistan

http://www.kentucky.com/2011/02/04/1623238/guard-unit-returns-to-kentucky.html

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/64848/welcome-home-2123rd-transportation-company

Buses deliver Soldiers of the 2123rd Transportation Company to their welcome home ceremony in Richmond, Ky., Feb. 4 after their tour in Afghanistan.

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