Kentucky Guard welcomes home Northern Kentucky Unit

Story by: Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

Photos by: Sgt. Scott Raymond, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Soldiers of the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion salute during the National Anthem at the Florence Freedom Baseball stadium during their welcome home ceremony at the Florence Freedom Baseball Field in Florence, Ky., Aug. 18. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Raymond)

FLORENCE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard honored 225 Soldiers from the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion returning from Kuwait today at a welcome home Ceremony at the Florence Freedom Baseball Field in Florence, Ky.

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“These Soldiers served honorably,” said Lt. Col. Tom Roach, 1204th ASB Commander. “From Iraq to Kuwait to Qatar to Jordan and Afghanistan, they’ve added to the historic legacy of the Kentucky National Guard.”

While in country, the 1204th’s mission was to provide logistical, maintenance and signal support for military operations in the Persian Gulf Region.

Spc. Daniel Morrison, from Florence, Ky., deployed with the Headquarters Support Co., 1204th ASB and couldn’t wait to get back to his family.

“It feels great to be home, to see trees and grass, not the sand blowing in your face all day,” said Morrison. “First thing I want to do is get a nice, fat steak.”

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Spc. Daniel Morrison of the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion greets his family during the unit’s welcome home ceremony at the Florence Freedom Baseball stadium in Florence, Ky., Aug. 18, 2012. The 1204th deployed last August to the Persian Gulf region in support of Operation New Dawn. (Kentucky National Guard photo by Sgt. Scott Raymond)

The 1204th ASB is made up of more than 600 Soldiers from Kentucky, Alabama, Florida and Maryland. The unit departed Kentucky August 26, 2011 and spent several weeks in Fort Hood, Tx before deploying to Kuwait.  “From the recovery of millions of dollars worth of equipment from Iraq, to sustaining air operations in theatre, to providing world class medical care to troops overseas,”said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general of Kentucky, “the 1204th exceeded all expectations and showcased the Kentucky Guard like never before.”For more stories on the 1204th ASB, please search “1204th” on www.kentuckyguard.com

                                      

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