Thursday, May 6, 2010

515th Comes Home

After being deployed to Iraq over 10 months ago, the New Mexico National Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion returned home Wednesday, May 5. The two bus loads of soldiers, on their way to the battalion’s New Mexico headquarters in Belen, passed through Socorro with a police escort down California Street at about 3:30 p.m. Vietnam veterans on motorcycles also joined the procession. Dozens of well wishers lining the street waved to the returning troops and held signs of gratitude for their service. The battalion left for Iraq on June 22, 2009. The 515th includes Socorroans Ernest Archuleta, Donnie Braught, David Buczala, Pedro Guerrero, Manuel Lopez, Gilbert Murillo, Patrick Murillo and Chris Van Winkle. An official Welcome Home event was held later Wednesday afternoon at the Calvary Church in Belen.

Photos by John Severance and Gary Jaramillo

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