Baylor Hosts Ceremony For Returning Texas National Guard Soldiers

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    Soldiers from the National Guard's 124th Cavalry emerge from the tunnel entrance to the floor of the Ferrell Center.
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    The 124th Cavalry Squadron on the floor at the Ferrell Center.
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    Soldiers at attention during the welcome home ceremony for the National Guard's 124th Cavalry Squadron.
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    National Guard 124th Cavalry Ceremony
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    One of the platoons with the 124th Cavalry Squadron honored during the ceremony.
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    The invocation included a grateful thank you for the safe return of all soldiers.
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    About 1,500 family members and friends gathered in the stands at the Ferrell Center for the welcome home ceremony.
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    Congressman Chet Edwards welcomed home troops with the National Guard's 124th Cavalry.
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    Family members gather around their returning National Guardsman.
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    Congressman Chet Edwards takes a photo with the family of Spc. Jeremy Allred.
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    One of the many signs throughout the Ferrell Center, welcoming home the troops.
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    One section in the Ferrell Center was filled with laminated signs that welcomed home the soldiers.
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Feb. 14, 2005

by Lori Scott Fogleman

To the cheers of about 1,500 family members and friends, more than 170 Texas Army National Guardsmen of the 124th Cavalry Squadron were honored Feb. 13 in the Ferrell Center after serving more than a year in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The best news was that all of the deployed troops returned home safely. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the soldiers were dismissed from their active duty.

Based in Waco, the 124th Cavalry includes soldiers from Corsicana. The squadron is part of the historic 36th Infantry Division, Texas National Guard, which was re-activated in July 2004. The soldiers served in Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, as part of the 89th Military Police Brigade from Fort Hood. The soldiers were trained as military policemen at Fort Dix, N.J., for two months before going to Iraq, where their duties included convoy and area security, force protection operations and providing security for the historic Iraqi election.

Speakers included Lt. Gen. Wayne D. Marty, Adjutant General of Texas; Maj. Gen. Michael H. Taylor, 36th Infantry Division commander; and U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-17th District. Members of the 124th Cavalry Squadron's Family Support Group also received special recognition for their outstanding service.


Photos by Clifford S. Cheney IV, Baylor Photography

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