Thursday, May 13, 2010

LETTER: Welcome Home 515th

To the editor:
I just returned from the touching welcome home ceremony in Belen for our New Mexico national Guard 515th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion who returned from Iraq.
We also heard that Socorro turned out to line the streets when they passed through. It sure gives a special meaning when they post the colors and sing the National Anthem when you are among those who served in harm’s way.
The 515th provided logistical support first in Mosul and then at Camp Buca, located at the southern tip of Iraq. Lt. Col. Nava said they were there when the people of Iraq voted, sometimes at great personal risk.
There were no combat injuries among our Guard and they served honorably and with distinction. The history of our Guard goes back to the Bataan Death March at the beginning of World War II. They put in a Bataan Park in Iraq while they were there and remembered the Bataan veterans in other ways as well.
This is the first time in many years that all our new Mexico Guard is home. Thank you to all those in the 515th who served so well and honorably. We are proud of you and God bless you and your families for their sacrifice. We are so blessed to live in America and are inspired by your service to our country. Welcome Home.

Valerie Moore

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