Local Troops Return from Iraq

By: Dan Ponce
By: Dan Ponce

They spent three months training at Ft. McCoy, Wisconsin before being deployed to Iraq last March. Now they're finally home.

"It's probably the best feeling I've felt in probably about a year," said Christopher Maher.

Maher and 155 other soldiers from the company were in charge of delivering supplies to other troops.

Many in the company described their ten-month deployment as successful, but it did come with a price. At times their supply convoys were attacked by insurgents.

" I ended up with shrapnel in my arm, leg, and my face," said Lymare Serrano, who was injured in an attack last July.

Serrano was sent home and was reunited with her company this weekend.

Fortunately no one from the company was killed, but many were injured. 18 purple hearts were awarded, and another seven are still pending.

"All these were combat related injuries through attacks that happened in convoys over in Iraq," said Cpt. Edward Cornish, the commanding officer of the 1462nd.

"They did a lot of things over in Iraq that the people of Michigan and their families should be proud of," Cornish said.

There are currently more than 2000 Michigan national guard troops deployed across the globe. More than 9000 remain in reserve ready to respond to state emergencies, including homeland defense.

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