TN National Guard Soldiers return home from year-long deployment

Monday, October 16, 2017 | 7:50am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 120 Soldiers assigned to the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 230th Signal Company returned home to Smyrna, Tenn., Oct. 14, after a year-long deployment overseas.

“I’m so excited to be home,” said Army Sgt. James Collier, a signal support systems specialist with the 230th Signal Company. “My daughters have grown up so much since I’ve been gone and I can’t wait to get back into a new routine with them and my wife.”

The Soldiers provided information technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops throughout the Middle East including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I learned so much during this deployment,” said Army Spc. Maceo Ali, a human research specialist with the 230th Signal Company. “It was a great experience for me to improve my professional skills and to work outside of an environment that I am not normally used to.”

The Soldiers were greeted by Army Brig. Gen. Tommy Baker, the Tennessee Army National Guard’s Assistant Adjutant General and Army Col. Steve Barney, the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 230th Sustainment Brigade commander. 

“I can’t think of time better spent than welcoming home Soldiers back to the great state of Tennessee,” said Barney. “I wish them the best reunion with their loved ones and to know how proud we are of their service.”

This is the second time the company has deployed to Kuwait with a similar mission, the first being from July 2011 to August 2012.

 

A Soldier with the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company embraces his kids after returning home from a year-long deployment overseas Oct. 14.

A Soldier with the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company embraces his kids after returning home from a year-long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

 

Spc. Teneya Gladney, 230th Signal Company, hugs her daughter, Aniyah, when the unit returned from year-long deployment Oct. 14.

Spc. Teneya Gladney, 230th Signal Company, hugs her daughter, Aniyah, when the unit returned from year-long deployment Oct. 14. The unit provided information technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops throughout the Middle East including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

 

Spc. Steven Schaffner, 230th Signal Company, holds his son, Niko, upon returning home from a year-long deployment overseas Oct 14.

Spc. Steven Schaffner, 230th Signal Company, holds his son, Niko, upon returning home from a year-long deployment overseas Oct 14. He saw his son one other time when he went on leave prior to returning home. The unit provided information technology support, fiber-optic connections, and network support for U.S. troops throughout the Middle East including Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

 

Families and friends eagerly wave to the Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., who just returned home from a year long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

Families and friends eagerly wave to the Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard’s 230th Signal Company, based in Nashville, Tenn., who just returned home from a year long deployment overseas Oct. 14. (Photo by Spc. Lauren Ogburn, Tennessee National Guard Joint Force Headquarters).

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