67th ESB Soldiers reunite with families after deployment
Soldiers with the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade, redeployed after providing long range communications for U.S. forces, and technical expertise at telecommunication facilities during Operation Enduring Freedom.
Families left in the rear stayed in contact with their Soldiers through social media sites and messaging such as Facebook. The 67th ESB family readiness group and unit rear detachment communicated and assisted families of the deployed Soldiers.
“Every deployment is a little bit different. None of them get easier,” David Fortson said, the battalion FRG advisor and spouse of the commander. “Every (welcome home ceremony) is always different and more exciting.”
Jason Grant, spouse of Staff Sgt. Jeanette Grant, assigned to Headquarter and Headquarters Company, took care of their two children, who believed it to be a tough challenge being the husband and father alone at home.
“It’s the greatest feeling like it’s Christmas, when I saw her walk into the gym,” he said.
The next couple days and weeks, Soldiers plan to take time off to be reintegrate with family and relax after their deployment.
“What we are going to do is take our time. We’re actually going to cook a meal together, talk, and allow my wife to take a deep breath, and let her find herself where she wants to be in the next two weeks,” Fortson said. “As a family we have our process we go through to allow not just us to get used to having our Soldier back, but to allow her to catch up to the routine that we’ve been in. Between her and us, we’ll merge back to where we were before she deployed.”