23 December, 2011 (All day)
On Wednesday Dec. 14, a group of Army Reserve Soldiers from Utah returned from serving in Iraq. Sergeant Major Patrick Shuldberg from Morgan, greeted his returning soldiers at the Salt Lake Airport.
Family and friends and other military officers stood by to welcome our heroes’ home for the holidays. Children of the deployed soldiers jumped up and down, hugging their returning parent. These men and women had been on a one year deployment to provide finance and pay services to Soldiers throughout Iraq. The 395th FI Co. has served multiple deployments since 2001.
Some of the comments at the return from the families of these deployed soldiers were expressed with great sounds of relief to have them home. One family told how they made goals when their soldier was away and did things they had never done before such as start running, or anything that might be out of their comfort zone in a tribute to their soldier deployed.
When asked what one family was going to do, now that they were back together, they replied, “have Christmas and go on a long relaxing vacation to Hawaii.” One wife commented, “the best part of deployment is the Home Coming!” With U.S. armed forces officially ending the war with Iraq, the remaining 4,000 American Troops will leave by the end of the year. Almost 4,500 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis lost their lives, as well as many thousands have been injured.
Overseeing some of the 359th Finance Company soldier’s returning, was Morgan’s own Army Reserve, Sergeant Major, Patrick Shuldberg. (See pic below) He holds the position of interim Command Sergeant Major for the 96th Special Troops Battalion, at Fort Douglas, UT.
He currently has 131 soldiers in his unit he trains. , and five who returned with this 359th FI Company from Iraq. Sgt. Major Shuldberg has also served two deployments, one to Kuwait and another to Iraq. He has served in the military for 21 years.
Shuldberg and his wife Kelly’s son Jace is also serving in the National Guard as a PFC (Private First Class. Jace Shuldberg, is in the 1/211th Aviation Battalion and works as a signal support specialist. Jace will be leaving for training to Fort Hood Texas, and then deploy to Afganistan.
Jace was named Honor Graduate of his Advanced Individual Training Class, where he received his Military Occupational Specialty of 25U-Signal Support Specialist. For this he was awarded the Army Achievement Medal. Welcome soldiers and thank you for your service!