186th Security Forces Return from Kyrgyzstan

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

It was a homecoming for ten members of the 186th Security Forces Group that has returned from Kyrgyzstan. Their welcome is proof of how special a hug can be.

"Do I get a hug?" shouted family of the returning guardsmen.

It's even more special for these guardsmen who haven't seen their families in seven months. Pam Whaley's son, Pat, is one of the ten members of the 186th Security Forces who returned from overseas. She says watching her son leave for war is one of the hardest things she's had to do.

"It was hard, but I knew that this is something that he was something that he wanted to do and he chose to do. I knew that God was with him. I knew he was in God's hands, so that's how I am able to let him go and able endure it," says Whaley.

Whaley has seen her son deployed four times now. Although she says it doesn't get any easier, she is learning to deal with it.

"It does in a way you know. When you know that he's doing what he's been called to do and what his passion is. You just kind of trust in it," explains Whaley.

And trust is what so many of the air men come home to when they finally get to see their families. For Staff Sergeant Brent Thompson that's exactly who he wants to see, his family.

"It feels great. It's good to see the family and it feels really good," expresses Staff Sergeant Thompson.

Like Thompson's family, Whaley is grateful for the work of each soldier.

"We're just proud of each one of them and so glad that they choose to do this."

But there is one soldier Whaley is even more excited to see.

"I'm just glad my baby boy is home," exclaims Whaley.

The group that returned is just a portion of the 186th Security Forces overseas. The rest of the group is scheduled to return in roughly one month.


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  • by Amy on Jan 25, 2010 at 08:50 AM
    I agree with Glennda. Does it really matter the reason for their mission? These soldiers/airmen were serving our country which required them to be away from their families for a long period of time. How about we just thank them and let them know how much we appreciate their service to our country and not worry about how whether they returned from war or just went to help people out.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 at 09:21 PM
    its not a relief mission, they drew hazard pay and combat pay just like the marines and soldiers do in iraq and aghanistan. look at a map, you could hop in a car and drive to afghanistan from kyrgyzstan. where they went plays a critical role in the gwot.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    Nevertheless, the men are still soldiers and protect our country and it's good to have them home.
  • by Anonymous Location: Meridian on Jan 23, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    Brent, you are correct. I would also like to add that they also misspelled "Kyrgyzstan" in the title. I would also like to point out Miss Alig referred to them as "soldiers". Soldiers are in the Army. Airmen are in the Air Force/Air Guard regardless of rank or job title. I detest it when the term sodier overshadows the correct use of "airmen".
  • by Glennda Location: DeKalb on Jan 23, 2010 at 10:42 AM
    Whether they were in war or just "helping people out"--they are to be thanked for their service! I personally am grateful for each and everyone of our service men and women and will continue to pray for them every day. Thank you for everything you do for us and for the sacrifices you make for us. May God bless each of you and continue to watch over you.
  • by Brent on Jan 23, 2010 at 05:43 AM
    Correction to the news anchor and whomever thought they had returned from war. They did not return from War. They just went on a Relief mission. Their was no war where they were assigned to. all they did was go over and help people out.
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