One year after leaving for the Sinai Peninsula, roughly 440 Illinois Army National Guard Soldiers are coming home this weekend.
The troops with the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment, based out of Milan, Macomb and Galesburg, Illinois, left in May, 2010, for a tour of duty with the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). These soldiers from Illinois and Iowa oversaw and upheld terms of the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, ‘observing and reporting’ any movement on the border between the two nations.
News 8 traveled to Egypt back in November to embed with the MFO for a week and report on their progress.
“Our Soldiers did an outstanding job accomplishing their mission,” Lt. Col. Maurice Rochelle said in a statement. “There were no major accidents, incidents or casualties during our deployment and we succeeded in every facet of our mission. I am proud of the work these Soldiers have done representing Illinois and their families should be proud of them as well.”
A homecoming ceremony for units with 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment in Milan will take place at 10:00 a.m. May 14 at armories in Milan, Galesburg and Macomb.
The Milan-based 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment includes the Forward Support Company, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan; Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan; Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Milan; Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Macomb and Battery C, 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery in Galesburg.
News 8 will have complete coverage of the homecoming Saturday on News 8 and WQAD.com.
Here are links to stories News 8 did with the troops while overseas:
Posted: May 11th, 2011 under Uncategorized.