With "Eye of the Tiger" blaring in the background, all thirty Engineer Soldiers assigned to the 94th Engineer Battalion proudly marched on to the Baker Theater stage, waiting to greet their friends and family for the first time in nine months as a part of the unit's homecoming ceremony Thursday.
Col. James Reckard briefly spoke to the crowd before the Soldiers were dismissed.
"The last thing I challenged them to do was to all come home safely, and they did that." Reckard said.
The unit spent the last nine months in Afghanistan providing infrastructure training and serving as an advisory group to the local nationals.
"We fell under the NATO Training Mission Afghanistan, which is the decisive operation over there, which is to build Afghan national capacity so that the Afghan national armies can maintain their bases. It's very similar to the director of public works here," said Lt. Col. Samuel Volkman, 94th Engineer Battalion commander.
According to Volkman, the nine-month mission went well, all Soldiers returned back safe and sound.