‘It’s fantastic to be back’: More than 500 Indiana National Guardsmen return home

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — It was a special reunion this afternoon as over 500 Indiana National Guardsmen returned home after training overseas.

Guardsmen with the 38th Infantry Division’s 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned to the Lawrence Armory on Wednesday after finishing their training mission supporting U.S. Army’s Pacific Pathways exercises.

“It’s been a long, really incredible journey and a fantastic opportunity that we really wouldn’t have had anywhere else,” said Maj. Bill Ward of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.”

This year marked the first time a National Guard unit led and commanded all units training in the exercises that help build foreign partner relationships.

In total, approximately 1,400 Hoosier Guardsmen worked and trained alongside Australian, Indonesian and Japanese forces during Exercise Hamel in June, Garuda Shield in August and Orient Shield in September.

“In each of the countries, we were training with their militaries,” said. Maj. Ward. “I helped along our Pacific Pathways in Australia, Indonesia and Japan. It’s fantastic to be back and reunite with our families.”

Wednesday’s homecoming ceremony took place at the Lawrence Armory where Indiana National Guardsmen reunited with their families.

“It was great,” said Maj. Ward. “My parents and my wife were here. It was great to see all of them.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.